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Pianists' tessitura #2328499
09/17/14 06:54 PM
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Amatuer pianist here, not a technician.

I ran across this statement, which I am curious about:

"And because pianists' tessitura is commonly three octaves..."

Taken from here: Wiki

Can anyone explain what this means?

Thanks,


Ed


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Riddler] #2328504
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"Tessitura" refers to range. It sounds like the author is saying that a majority of pianists don't stray too far from middle C. Does that help?



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but at least I'm slow.
Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Riddler] #2328512
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I agree with Andy.

It is a strange term in reference to a piano as it is specifically used in reference to the voice.

Remember, Wikipedia is not a definitive source. In reference to the piano, it is a puzzling as "descant."


Marty in Minnesota

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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Riddler] #2328514
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And here I thought that Tesla was coming out with a piano.

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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Riddler] #2328518
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Though it has nothing to do with pianos, it would be a lovely name for a piano.

(Yea, that's it, a piano with a flux capacitor)


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Riddler] #2328604
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It also refers to the range of a piece of music. This Wiki Link actually gives a good description.

Paul.

Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: pyropaul] #2328611
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Originally Posted by pyropaul
It also refers to the range of a piece of music. This Wiki Link actually gives a good description.

Paul.


Electric pianos only go so far, then you have to charge them. Teslatura is a good model, with a good range, and it has a dashboard compass. Remote key, too!


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Minnesota Marty] #2328617
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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
Wikipedia is not a definitive source.


Quotable understatement of the month!


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Mark R.] #2328646
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Originally Posted by Mark R.
Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
Wikipedia is not a definitive source.


Quotable understatement of the month!


Yes, excellent quote! I think I first read that on Wikipedia...


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: UnrightTooner] #2328797
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Yes, but the remote key only works if it is programmed in a well temperament:)


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Re: Pianists' tessitura [Re: Alan T.] #2328805
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Originally Posted by Alan T.
Yes, but the remote key only works if it is programmed in a well temperament:)

When backing up the Teslatura, are you in reverse well gear?


Marty in Minnesota

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