Definitions

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  • noun music A musical temperament that generates all non-octave intervals from a stack of tempered perfect fifths and, by choosing an appropriate size for major and minor thirds, tempers the syntonic comma to unison.

Etymologies

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mean +‎ tone

Examples

  • Valentini's music stands out for its use of the "viola bastarda" (a small bass viol) and for its clever handling of meantone tuning -- a system in which A sharp and B flat are different pitches, making some interesting tonal effects possible.

    Album reviews: 17th century works for viola da gamba

  • If only for purposes of personal enrichment, I will summarize the snippets of music theory that can be extracted from Wikipedia's pages on meantone intervals and musical cents and from Kyle Gann's explanation of just intonation.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • If only for purposes of personal enrichment, I will summarize the snippets of music theory that can be extracted from Wikipedia's pages on meantone intervals and musical cents and from Kyle Gann's explanation of just intonation.

    Music by the numbers

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