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louis couperin and meantone temperament
Posted by richard lester on December 4, 2011, 8:13 am
Whilst I agree with Kirk McElhearn's comments on Richard Egarr's playing of music by Louis Couperin, I should like to make the following points. Firstly, the tuning temperament 'ordinaire' is not quarter comma meantone, it is a deviation from it, as discussed by d'Alembert,Rousseau and Rameau (later than Louis Couperin). and secondly, I defy anyone to tell the difference between quill and the plastic (delrin) in voicing harpsichords. It depends entirely on the way in which the material is cut and shaped. Quill often splits, producing a 'clicky' sound and although it rarely breaks, will always produce a sound (albeit quiet), and is far less durable than delrin.
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