In one of my previous videos, I have already discussed Chorton and Kammerton, pitch levels which differ from our modern A - 440 Hz approximately by the half step up or down. Hopefully these terms make sense to you now. But in the above video I didn't explain the reason why the tuning of these organs was based on different pitch levels. In case you are still wandering, here is my answer.
If you ever tried to play or listen to the historical organ or an organ built in the style of 16th, 17th, or 18th century, you surely have noticed that their tuning pitch levels often are different. In other words, when you play a piece in C major, on one instrument it might sound like in B major and in another like in Db major. Tricky for people with perfect pitch, isn't it? What this difference is all about? Watch this video to find out.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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