Unequal temperament

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(Mus.) that in which the variations are thrown into the keys least used.

See also: Temperament

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In terms of music history, particularly valuable is the chapter "Equal temperament--a history of disputes and errors", giving an account of the development of musical tuning, ranging from various types of unequal temperament up to the currently standard most common 12-tone equal temperament.
His pragmatic aim is to produce a simple system of unequal temperament capable of easily being put into practice without electronic aids.
3 [August 1991]: 357-81) demonstrated that woodwind players did and still can accommodate themselves to unequal temperaments. His other two books, The Eloquent Oboe: A History of the Hautboy, 1640-1760 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), and History of Performing Pitch: The Story of "A" (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002), firmly established Haynes's credentials as a performer/ scholar with the experience, perspective, and authority to assess where we have been, where we are now, and to suggest where to go from here.
Thus, in 'Pitch, tuning and temperament' we read that unequal temperaments 'restricted the number of keys in which an instrument could play and composers therefore rarely used keys with more than three sharps or flats'.
6 contains carefully tailored transitions so that the players can in fact preserve the use of unequal temperaments ("A bold enharmonic modulatory model in Joseph Haydn's String Quartets," in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Music: Essays presented to Karl Geiranger on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, ed.