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Short octave (Fr. octave courte; Ger. kurze Oktave)locked

  • Nicolas Meeùs

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A term to denote the tuning of some of the lowest notes of keyboard instruments to pitches below their apparent ones. The practice was employed from the 16th century to the early 19th to extend the keyboard compass downwards without increasing the overall dimensions of the instrument....

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