just intonation


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just intonation

n. Music
A tuning system having intervals that are acoustically pure.

[just, harmonically pure.]

just intonation

n
(Music, other) a form of tuning employing the pitch intervals of the untempered natural scale, sometimes employed in the playing of the violin, cello, etc
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I accepted the invitation with a worldly grin and a perfectly just intonation, because I really didn't care what I did.
just intonation never took hold" (168) is simply wrong, as anyone with knowledge of music theory of the Renaissance and experience singing music of that era in a small group with proper attention to the intonation--which is perforce just--can confirm.
His aesthetic encompasses these extremes and more: the seemingly static but subtly changing nature of the American Southwest, the purity of just intonation, the precision of mathematical relationships.