Kirnberger a former private student of bachs in leipzig was a tuning pedagogue notorious for his promulgation of the bach legacy kirnberger introduced his own tuning innovations for the classical era chapter 9 refreshed perspectives 141 after arranging the prevailing possibilities for bachs tuning categorically a multiple. Bach the true chromatic composer of the baroque was the scion of a great music family likewise andreas werckmeister was the bright star in a neighboring musical family only a generation earlier bach and tuning connects the valuable tuning contribution made by werckmeister to bachs musical masterpieces. Introduction bachs musical temperament comprises within its circle 5 well tempered fifths and 7 perfect fifths this system wohltemperirt of j s bach the composers own authentic spelling is the musical tuning for das wohltemperirte clavier the well tempered fifths are practically all equal being reduced by 1 5 pythagorean comma i e by about 47 cent. The well tempered clavier bwv 846 893 is a collection of two sets of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys composed for solo keyboard by johann sebastian bachin bachs time clavier was a generic name indicating a variety of keyboard instruments most typically a harpsichord or clavichord but not excluding an organ either the modern german spelling for the collection is . Seven points and five dashesbarnessarticlehas drawnthe followingcommentfrom if bachsharpsichordtuningwas indeeda musiciansnon ralph kirkpatrick interpreting bachs well tempered clavier new haven 1984 8 in fifty years of tuning harpsichordsand clavichordswith no other aid than a tuning fork and my own ear and without benefit of
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