Distortion of musical quality through escalating pitch
International standards of pitch in music are being violated under pressure for more brilliant and striking performances under conditions for which the music was not originally intended. The drift in pitch standards is also occurring to a different degree in different places even though professional musicians and singers travel frequently between them. The higher pitch transforms warm musical colour to garish. The whole spectrum of voice ranges has been twisted out of shape. The colour of the mezzo-soprano has disappeared and the basso profondo voice has disappeared.
Singers are now under pressure in opera and concert halls, especially in Italy, Austria and Germany, to adapt to a pitch which is now creeping above 445 toward 450, despite efforts to restandardize A at 440.
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