BBC Music Magazine
Jennifer Fowler’s letter
(Nov) expressing frustration with the performance of ★andel enchained to equal temperament is spot on.
Not only ★andel should be performed in an unequal temperament, but ★aydn and Mozart too. Both composers used, for instance, the key of F minor for very specific effect relating to death and mourning. Performances of ★aydn’s F minor variations on equal-tempered pianos expose general amnesia to what the music is really about, and it becomes under-appreciated
as a result. Concert hall and studio instruments need to be available, tuned to one of the historic temperaments for the emotional language of the music to be revealed and released. The effect of tuning is fundamental to music.
Music arises from listening to vibrations, and composers wrote the effect of those vibrations into their music. David Pinnegar, East Grinstead