Problem

Competitive distortion of musical pitch

Other Names:
Distortion of musical quality through escalating pitch
Nature:
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.
Incidence:
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.
Claim:
The increase in pitch from the classical C 256 to the norm of A 440 forces singers to change the notes at which voice register shifts occur. For the soprano a tuning at A 440 pushes the frequency of F beyond the dividing point between the first and second register. This arbitrary increase of pitch falsifies performance of all the musical classics.
Related Problems:
Pseudo-culture
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality Education
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET