Saturday, January 17, 2009

Catclaw to abandon A-440 tuning?

Jeffrey Scott Holland's on-again, off-again jazz band, The JSH Combo, have announced their intention to join the growing movement to revert back to the traditional musical tuning of A=432hz. This was the proper Pythagorean standard in classical music until 1938, when the pitch was rounded up to A-440.

Verdi pressed the Italian Parliament to set the standard tuning at A 432 hertz, but in the century since, standard pitch has kept climbing higher and higher. In Berlin, orchestras tune to an A around 448 hertz. In Moscow, the symphony's pitch is even higher, near 450 hertz.

It remains to be seen whether JSH's new tuning policy applies to Catclaw as well.

(photo: Opera Verdi Europa's 2005 production of Verdi's Macbeth.)