Enid Katahn | Six Degrees of Tonality

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Six Degrees of Tonality

by Enid Katahn

Was there a “Harmonic Code” in Classical piano composition? Why did composers choose the keys that they did? Six well-temperaments could answer that question.
Genre: Classical: Beethoven
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sonata in D Major, K, 96, [1/4 Comma Meantone Tuning]
2:52 $0.99
2. Fantasie in D Major, Mi, Kv. 385g(397) [Prelleur Temperament]
5:58 $0.99
3. Sonata in E Flat Major, Xvi/49: Allegro [Kirnberger III Temperament]
5:25 $0.99
4. Sonata in E Flat Major, Xvi/49: Adagio Cantabile [Kirnberger III Temperament]
9:02 $0.99
5. Sonata in E Flat Major, Xvi/49:Finale - Tempo Di Minuet [Kirnberger Temperament]
3:44 $0.99
6. Sonata in A Major, Flat, Op. 110: Moderato Cantabile [Young Temperament]
6:46 $0.99
7. Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110: Allegro Molto [Young Temperament]
2:11 $0.99
8. Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110: Adagio & Fugue [Young Temperament]
11:51 $0.99
9. Fantaisie-Impromptu [Demorgan Temperament]
5:43 $0.99
10. Glochengelaute [Coleman 11 Temperament]
3:52 $0.99
11. Fantasie in D Minor, Kv. 385g(397) - Temperament Comparisons [1/4 Comma Meantone]
5:58 FREE
12. Fantasie in D Minor, Kv. 385g(397) - Temperament Comparisons - [Prelleur, 1731]
5:58 FREE
13. Fantasie in D Minor, Kv. 385g(397) - Temperament Comparisons -[Equal]
5:40 FREE
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Album Notes
Why did the Classical piano composers choose the keys that they did? Was there something mysterious about the “keys”? There is evidence that the manner in which keyboards were tuned affected the composers' choices. If this is so, we need to hear the music performed in more original tuning to fully appreciate everything the composer intended. This recording follows temperament’s evolution, presenting piano music from various eras performed on tunings that were in use at their respective times.
With its palette of various sizes of intervals, the well-tempered piano adds a harmonic dimension to music that is lacking in more modern tuning. There is greater consonance and greater dissonance, creating contrasts unheard of in today’s equal temperament.
This recording also allows direct comparisons between today and yesteryear’s intonation with a specific comparison of a Mozart composition played in three different tunings, (Meantone, Well-tempered, Equal Temperament). This may be the first time listeners have heard a piano tuned in Meantone tuning.
Enid Katahn performs all selections on a Steinway D concert grand piano.



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