Anybody know if there's a harpsichord piece composed for the "five and
seven" temperament invented/described by Owen Jorgenson in _Tuning the
Historical Temperaments by Ear_? He has a piano piece in there by some
composer whose name I don't recall at the moment, and I faked through it
for myself on the harpsichord, but it needed pedal.
Five and seven has all the natural notes tuned as an equal-tempered
seven-note scale, and the raised notes as an equal-tempered five-note
scale, interlocked. It's symmetric about D and G#, just as the keyboard
is. Neutral thirds. And diatonic pieces can be transposed by simply
moving the hands right or left on the keyboard. The intervals F-Bb and
F#-B are pretty close to pure fourths, but nothing else in the
temperament sounds familiar. The chromatic intervals F-F# and Bb-B are
microscopic, so those trills are narrower than most singers' vibratos.
These resources could go into a fascinating piece if somebody wants to
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