Everything you ever wanted to know about temperaments (but were afraid to ask)

Here’s a historical paper I wrote on different musical temperaments from Antiquity until the late Renaissance.

A History of Temperaments

Recommended reading for anyone who is confused about the differences between just, mean, and equal temperament.

Here are some supplementary audio samples:

Just major third:

Pythagorean major third (ditone):

Syntonic comma:

Just major third cycle:

The resulting comma (“diesis”):

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