Absolute Pitch

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lennygoran
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Absolute Pitch

Post by lennygoran » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:36 am

Yesterday we got half price tickets at the booth near lincoln center for Beautiful The Carol King Musical-I didn't know that much about her-reading wiki afterwards they talk about her pitch-I'm not even sure I understand that fully-anyway have there been any opera singers who had perfect pitch at an early age. Len

PS-we quite enjoyed the show-music I grew up to nicely presented-lots of energy and an impressive set-then there connection with her and us over Brooklyn-also her politics! :lol:

When Carol was four years old, her parents discovered she had developed a sense of absolute pitch, which enabled her to often name a note correctly by just hearing it.[16]:14

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Re: Absolute Pitch

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:10 pm

This has come up before, but possibly before Len joined. Absolute pitch is something one is born with. You either have it, or you don't. There is no in-between, or developing it later on. I have known a number of people who have it, and I assure you that I could not match them in their power to identify or match pitches as though they were just crossing the road. On a good day, I still have a fair sense of relative pitch. Most, but not all, of the great composers of the common practice period had absolute pitch. Obviously Beethoven did, but also many others, though not as great a composer as Haydn, who framed his compositions from the keyboard.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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