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In Reply to: RE: Silly. We're not talking valveless horns, here. If they were good enough for Monteux's. posted by email@example.com on March 10, 2017 at 09:34:23
Ravel began to work on Daphnis in 1909 and it premiered in 1912. I have a flute made in Paris circa 1908 and there are differences from the current models. For one thing, it is tuned to a scale based on a = 435, which had been the standard in France for most purposes since 1859. The universal adoption of a = 440 tuning is generally attributed to an international conference held in London in 1939.
Of course, modern orchestras routinely tune much sharper than a = 440.
I wouldn't want to record Daphnes on a 100 year old Clarinet or Bass Clarinet.
SF Sym tunes to A 441, SF Opera/Ballet, it's 440 or Fight.
German/Austrian Orchs are said to tune much higher, there was a problem with Berlin or Vienna playing in Davies Hall, and the Piano wasn't nearly sharp enough for them.
Cleveland prides them selves for maintaining 440, even while playing and gradually going sharper.
Yes, exactly. A while back John Marks mentioned Szell made Cleveland tune to an a=440 tone. So I listened to some of his records. They start right at 440 and gradually drift sharper.
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