[Smt-talk] Early account of beats

Daniel Wolf djwolf at snafu.de
Mon Sep 13 22:10:51 PDT 2010

As Nicolas points out in the case of Werckmeister's gleichschebungen,  
insofar as it
means beating, it cannot refer to a rate of beating, thus tempered/to  
temper will often
be a more useful modern translation of the term.

Daniel Wolf

On Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:35:35 +0200, Martin Braun <nombraun at telia.com>  

> Dear Nicolas and others,
> I would like to confirm that in the context of musical acoustics the  
> German terms "die Schwebung" and "schweben" exclusively mean "beat" and  
> "to beat".
> In other contexts these terms can have many other meanings. For example,  
> already in the context of musical esthetics the meaning can be  
> "floating" and "to float".
> Martin

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