The wonderful comedy team TwoSet Violin brought something to everyone's attention this week, something I've certainly noticed: Global Pitch Change! It's true, our "A" has been getting higher and higher, and Brett and Eddy dramatize it in a way that only they can:
TwoSet alleges that some European orchestras are tuning as high as 448 hz, can anyone confirm if this is true? Is it Berlin? That kind of pitch escalation truly blows my mind! But apparently it is normal in some quarters, so I thought I'd see where everyone is putting their "A's" these days.
When I was a student, 440 hz was very standard in the U.S., but over the years that has nudged higher. Currently in Los Angeles, the professional orchestras tend to tune to 442. Baroque orchestras, such as Tafelmusik and the Handel and Haydn Society tune quite a lot lower, to 415 hz, in order to be as historically accurate as possible. All that said, some church organs are such that one has to tune down into the 430s.
In all likelihood, your pitch varies by the situation, but for the majority of the time, how high is the A tuned on your violin?
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