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An alternate way of tuning a stringed instrument that varies from standard tuning.

[Italian, from scordato, out of tune, from past participle of scordare, to put out of tune : s-, privative prefix (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + (ac)cordare, to bring into agreement, tune (an instrument) (from Medieval Latin accordāre, to bring into agreement ; see accord, the musical sense in Italian perhaps being influenced by Italian corda, cord, string of a musical instrument, and its source, Latin chorda).]


(Classical Music) music a departure from normal tuning in a piece of music
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In Laudate pueri (Psalm 112), the virtuoso singer is accompanied by two scordatura violins, viola da gamba (or trombone or violoncello), and continuo.
The leader of the orchestra, David Greed, toggled between this scordatura instrument and his conventionally tuned violin and made a brilliant contribution to the performance .
Sobre ella hemos de aseverar que fue uno de los experimentos mas osados del genio de Eisenach, pues se atrevio a proponer para su ejecucion una scordatura dei instrumento--una "desafinacion" concreta de alguna de sus cuerdas-, amen de haber exasperado los cromatismos y el ritmo obsesivo de corcheas.
Be sure that the Fifth Suite is notated in "normal" tuning, rather than scordatura notation, which has the cello's top a' string tuned down to g' for a deeper tone.
We shall now turn to the first person twentieth-century diegesis entitled "Le Carnet Scordatura.
Like Biber's Rosary Sonatas they also use scordatura (retuning of the strings)--a technique also employed in the last preserved instrumental piece by Dr.
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Unarum Fidium (contains Schmelzer, Sonatae Unarum Fidium; Bertali, Chiacona a violino solo; Anonymous, Sonata for scordatura violin and basso continuo) John Holloway, violin/Aloysia Asenbaum, organ/Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord and organ (ECM New Series 1668 289 465 066-2)
As its title suggests, this piece exists in two separate versions, one for viola da gamba, the other a slightly altered version for scordatura violin: both are printed in this edition.
The manuscript contains two versions: one for scordatura violin tuned a--[e.
Copied in three stages and owned by a competent violinist, the manuscript contains 32 virtuoso violin compositions -- mostly sonatas, many of high quality, some in scordatura -- by leading members of the Austrian, German and Roman schools of violin composition as well as representatives of the Amsterdam tradition, some anonymous.
525)--a single staff showing the opening bars of the sixth concerto of La Cetra--the three bars of notes are visible, but the designations Violino principale con scordatura and the Allegro can be seen only with a magnifying glass.