LaripS.com, © Bradley Lehman, 2005-22, all rights reserved.All musical/historical analysis here on the LaripS.com web site is the personal opinion of the author,
as a researcher of historical temperaments and a performer of Bach's music.
Bach's temperament, in practice
A roster of the temperament's usage (adventures) in concerts, broadcasts, and recordings
- Sample recordings of keyboard music played in this temperament
Additional sample recordings are available on
- Spring/summer 2006, the article "Bach's Art of Temperament"
further explains this temperament from several additional practical angles.
- A diagram of the temperament, with brief remarks about the way the different
- Practical instructions to set up this temperament by ear
- Electronic-tuner instructions [Main version]
Instructions for phone apps
- Practical "twang" instructions, explaining the basic concept here for people who are accustomed to thinking of temperament as beat-counting
A geometrical technique for quick tuning to set up any regular series
of consistent fifths: the core C-G-D-A-E and/or F-C-G-D-A for any temperaments (including Bach's) that have them
- Other "Bach" temperaments from 1966 to present, in comparison
- New! A clarification about the temperament's
version for Bach's vocal music
- Comparisons with other temperaments
- Updated!"Temperament-killer" test pieces from Bach's repertoire, to confirm or weed out any proposed "Bach" temperaments empirically. The list now has a survey of more than 350 pieces beyond the Well-Tempered Clavier.
- Updated! Some little test pieces for the Affekts of the keys. This page also describes the process of listening to Affekt.
- Properties of regular or "meantone" temperaments;
as of August 2006 this includes beat-rate charts as well
- This tuning is installed in the
Opus 41 organ by Taylor & Boody
at the Goshen College Music Center, Goshen Indiana USA. Two manuals, 24 registers, completed January 2005.
- It is also in the
new organ in Laajasalo Church,
Helsinki, Finland: built by
Orgelbau Kögler GmbH
of Austria. Two manuals, 22 registers, completed September 2005.
- Taylor & Boody organ Opus 46, Hebron Presbyterian Church, Staunton VA (completed in February 2006). Two manuals, 15 stops.
- Updated! Outlines of the complete Early Music article, and of the Clavichord International article. All the parts of these articles can be
A digest of postings to HPSCHD-L
clarifying research details and answering questions
Video demonstration: 1/6 comma meantone morphed into Bach (and with examples performed in D major, B major, Ab major, F major, and B minor)
Video demonstration of the basic principles: explaining the Bach drawing and the tuning sequence
Video demonstration setting the temperament
from a C tuning fork
Video demonstration of basic meantone technique on the naturals, establishing them evenly
Video demonstration: setting late 17th century temperament ordinaire, and playing Purcell
Free harpsichord and organ samples on iLike
- New! Some additional temperaments to set by ear, as "bonus" material on the
practical instructions page
The Goshen College and Laajasalo organs
- Hear samples
- Tune it:Begin
- Tune it:Interm
- Tune it:Expert
- Vocal music
- Test pieces
- Affekt tests
- Organ 41