[Smt-talk] Microtonal music theory

Nicolas Meeùs nicolas.meeus at paris-sorbonne.fr
Sun Mar 4 23:32:27 PST 2012

The main bibliography on microtonal tunings and microtonal music is 
It is about tuning and temperament in general, but microtonal tunings 
are one of the main topics. See also the whole of the 
www.huygens-fokker.org site, which is mainly about microtonal music.

Nicolas Meeùs
Université Paris-Sorbonne

Le 5/03/2012 00:17, Clifford Dunn a écrit :
> Hi everyone!
> I'm a first time poster, and I'm not currently affiliated with an
> academic institution (freelancer). However, that may change as I
> consider getting a PhD in theory or musicology/ethnomusicology.
> One thing I'm very interested in is microtonality. I perform on a
> flute that is advertised as being quarter-tone capable through the
> whole range. However, this is one of only a handful of capabilities.
> What I find interesting though is that quarter-tone music is still
> based on an equal-tempered twelve-tone system. I have performed music
> by composers that write for even more specific control (i.e. asking me
> to play a pitch that is 2 cents sharp or flat from the written pitch).
> What I'm curious about is what's written in terms of any microtonal
> theory. I haven't found many texts written after 1988 or so, but I
> assume there are people working actively in microtonality. Any
> information about potential resources would be great to know.
> Thanks a lot!
> Clifford Dunn
> Flutist/Composer
> http://www.clifforddunnmusic.com
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