Many 78s were recorded at speeds above and, more often, below 78.26.
This wild card makes such comparisons questionable.
From: Richard L. Hess
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:18 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] A-440, was speaking of pitch
Getting back on topic, my son Robert, the music student, passed on this
link to me--I don't think that I had mentioned this thread but we had
been talking about variations in recordings (specifically in regards to
Dvorak's New World Symphony (9th now after renumbering)).
So here are the opening chords of Beethoven's Eroica (3rd) Symphony,
recorded between 1924 and 2011.
And here is a similar compilation of a short section from Stravinsky's
Rite of Spring from 1921-2010
Yes, I know that the recording technology influences the pitch as much
as the actual playing, but, overall, I think these two are very
informative peeks into the degree of variation considered "normal."
The first Toscanini performance of the Beethoven really shows off the
dry acoustic of what I assume to be Studio 8H at 30 Rock...and perhaps
why, in 20/20 hindsight, it wasn't such a good idea, though it seemed
to make sense at the time.
As an aside, my friend the late Dr. Gerre Hancock, after bringing the
choir of Men and Boys from St. Thomas Church to ABC TV-2 studio on W
66th Street in NYC for a holiday season appearance on "Good Morning
America" asked me why I built studios that sounded like "pillow factories."
Get out your tuners or pitch pipes and enjoy! If you have perfect pitch
and are offended easily, please don't listen <smile>.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.