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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Not entirely silly

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.



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