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TemperamentMaker

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Description

TemperamentMaker is the software developed by MidiPipeOrgan to generate files of temperament for Hauptwerk 3 or 4 in xml format. It is possible to generate any temperament for any organ if you know the original temperament of the organ. You can also use it to experiment with personal temperaments. The software is very easy to use and intuitive. There are three ways to generate a temperament:

bulletBy using the cents that the user already knows for a temperament;
bulletBy using intervals  of each note of a certain temperament;
bulletBy setting  the cycle of fifths for each temperament (Attention:  this method can sometimes be imprecise due to the complexity of the calculations that the software has to make but the result is always acceptable.)

The use of TemperamentMaker is intuitive. After opening the software,  load the data of the Supplier and choose the mode of generation of the temperament. After the new window opens the cents of the new temperament are calculated, the data is exported to the main window of TemperamentMaker and  the XML code is generated. This code will be  saved in the appropriate directory of Hauptwerk.

Below you can see the software screens.  This software operates in multiple pages that are opened from time to time depending on the enabled function.

The home page

 

the page to setting the cents of temperament

 

the page to setting the interval of temperaments

 

the page to setting the cycle of fifths

 

the file xml gerate to TemperamenteMaker

 

The software includes a brief tutorial that shows how to operate the program. Note that the use of the program requires musical knowledge on the different musical temperaments. No on-line assistance is available. Also note that each copy is delivered via download and the link is communicated by e-mail.


And possible to free Download in the  Download page.

MidiPipeOrgan reserves the right to modify the software without notice.

 

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Below are proposed  the temperaments of the main European schools:

Legend:

Do  = C      Re  = D     Mi  = E     Fa  = F     Sol = G     La  = A     Si  = B

 

Regular Temperaments

Pure Meantone Temperament 

The syntonic comma (About 22 Cents) is equally removed from the fifths, it follows that the sequence of fifths C-G-A-D-E, in meantone temperament are not pure but close of  syntonic comma in order to obtain the pure consonance of the major third C-E. You will notice that with this subdivision the D is perfectly equidistant from C and E (MEDIOTONO), the meantone. The meantone has 8 pure major thirds. Fifths are close  of  syntonic comma and also has a very large-fifth known by the name of Wolf. This temperament was used from the Renaissance to the Baroque period.

 

 

 Meantone Temperament

In this temperament  we try  to maintain  pures minor thirds tightening the fifth of 1/3 of the syntonic comma.   It has   9 pure minor thirds and a very large fifth called the wolf.

 

 

Meantone Temperament Silberman 1/6 di Comma

In this temperaments are close of 1/6 of the syntonic comma. This temperament has been used by Silberman in his organs

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Meantone Temperament  Zarlino  with  2/7 of Syntonic Comma

In this temperament the 8 major thirds and the 8 minor thirds are close of 1/7 of syntonic comma. It has a fifth of the wolf that is very wide.

 

 

Meantone Temperament Sauver with 1/5 of Syntonic Comma

In this temperament the 8 major thirds are close of 1/5 of syntonic comma. It has a fifth of the wolf more tight from fifth  in the pure mentone temperament with 1/4 of comma.

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Irregular Temperaments

Irregular Vallotti -Tartini's Temperament with 1/6 of Pythagorean comma

1/6 of the Pythagorean comma is distributed in 6   fifths while the rest of fifths are pure. It has three major thirds (C-E-G, D-F #) smallest than Pythagorean third.

Irregular  Barca's Temperament with 1/6 of syntonic comma

1/6 of the  syntonic comma is distributed in 6 fifths while the rest of the fifth are pure. It is similar to Vallotti-Tartini's temperament  but   Pythagorean thirds.

 

Irregular Rameau's Temperament   with 1/4 of syntonic comma

1/4 of the  syntonic comma is distributed in 8 fifths while the rest of the fifth aren't pure. It presents 4 pure major thirds. You can play in the following major and minor keys C, G, D, A, E, B, F#.

Irregular Marpourg's Temperament   with 1/4  of syntonic comma

1/4 of the  syntonic comma is distributed in 8 fifth starting from fifth F-C, while the rest of  fifths are little major from pure fifths. There are 4 major thirds pure.

 

 

Irregular D'Alambert - Rousseau Marpourg's Temperament  with 1/4  of syntonic comma

1/4 of syntonic comma is distributed  in only 4 fifth. There is a pure major third, four temperate fifths superior and  four fifths temperate lower than the pure.

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Irregular  Temperament  Kirnbeger III with 1/4  of syntonic comma

1/4 of syntonic comma is distributed  in only 4 fifth. Pure major third, two third are  Pythagorean and are reduced by 1/4 of comma and there are two major thirds Pythagorean.

 

Irregular Temperament Werkmeister III 1/4  of Pythagorean comma

1/4 of Pythagorean comma i distributed  in only 4 fifth. There aren't pure major thirds, but There are three major Pythagorean third while the fifths from C to E are not equal-tempered.

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Irregular Temperament Werkmeister IV with 1/3  of Pythagorean comma

1/3 of Pythagorean comma is distributed  in 7 fifth. There aren't major pure thirds but presents two major thirds higher than the Pythagorean of 1/3 of Pythagorean comma and presents a very large pitch between Bb.

 

Irregular Temperament Werkmeister V 1/4 with of syntonic comma

1/4 of syntonic comma is distributed in only 6 fifth. There are not major pure thirds. Presents two major Pythagorean  pure thirds. It is called nervous temperament and it does not transmit sensation of calm even with small changes in tonalitiy key.

 

 

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