On the Sensations of Tone
On the Sensations of Tone is one of the world's greatest scientific classics. It bridges the gap between the natural sciences and music theory and, nearly a century after its first publication, it is still a standard text for the study of physiological acoustics - the scientific basis of musical theory. It is also a treasury of knowledge for musicians and students of muic...more
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics
(first published 1954)
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Another book that I read twice cover to cover on the train during commutes... It's fairly dense reading. There's a lot of info in here that is somewhat dated at this point, but also a lot of valuable stuff. Because it's basically "historical" it might be best to read in a guided setting, unless you already have a background in tuning and temperament.
Wonderful book which ought to be de rigeur for the composer, includes a chart which gives scope and range of pitch in Khz and the octave scale for a few dozen instruments. As well as great technical information...