12 WT (Kirnberger III)

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12-tone well temperament Kirnberger III (1779). The four fifthsPitches a fifth apart have a 2:3 frequency ratio (in just intonation) or a difference of 700 cents (in 12 tone equal temperament).Visit the link to learn more between C and E are each narrowed by 1/4 quintal (Syntonic) commaA comma is a small difference in pitch between the same interval in different tuning systems.Visit the link to learn more, as in quarter comma meantone. Seven fifths (E-B, B-F♯, F-C, B♭-F, E♭-B♭, A♭-E♭, D♭-A♭) are each tuned as 2:3 frequency ratios. The final fifth F♯-D♭ is one schisma smaller than 2:3 (ca. 700 cents).

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