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Intervals, Scales, Tones

And the Concert Pitch c = 128 Hz

June 2015
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    1st June 2015
  • ISBN 9781906999735
  • Language English
  • Pages 208 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"

Why is it that certain intervals, scales, and tones sound genuine, while others sound false? Is the modern person able to experience a qualitative difference in a tone’s pitch? If so, what are the implications for modern concert pitch and how instruments of fixed tuning are tuned? 

Renold tackles these and many other questions and provides a wealth of scientific data. Her pioneering work is the result of a lifetime of research into the Classical Greek origin of Western music and the search for modern developments. She deepens our musical understanding by using Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science as a basis, and she elucidates many of his puzzling statements about music. 

The results of her work include the following discoveries: 

• The octave has two sizes (a ‘genuine’ sounding octave is bigger than the “perfect octave”)
• There are three sizes of “perfect fifths”
• An underlying “form principle” for all scales can be found
• Equal temperament is not the most satisfactory method of tuning a piano
• She provides a basis for some of Steiner’s statements, such as, “C is always prime” and “C = 128 Hz = Sun.” 

Intervals, Scales, Tones is a valuable resource for those who wish to understand the deeper, spiritual aspects of music. 

Anna R. Meuss

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