My orchestra is playing the Messiah today, and my stand partner, to prepare, was playing along with a CD of the piece. She remarked to me that the CD sounded about a half or full tone too low. It occurred to me that she was probably playing along with a CD of a period performance/instrument group, and sure enough, it turned out to be Academy of Ancient Music. My assumption is that that group tuned to A - 415. However, this raised an interesting question: how do people with perfect/absolute pitch react when they hear period performance/instrument musicians play tuned at A - 415? Is it jarring or annoying? Any of you folks out there with perfect/absolute pitch care to respond.
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