Why Oboe -- A 440? (Punita Singh )

Subject: Why Oboe -- A 440?
From:    Punita Singh  <pgsingh(at)HOTMAIL.COM>
Date:    Mon, 24 Nov 1997 10:52:46 PST

Hi List --- been "listless" for a while. Good to be back online. Question? Why is the Oboe used to tune the instruments of the symphony orchestra? And why at A=440 Hz? I've heard a couple of reasons such as: good "carrying power", convenient overlap in freq. range with most instruments, etc. but can you give me more info, details? I would like to REED more about it. --- Pun ita P.S:: By the way, the reference for the Hirsh et al. research on timing and irregularity perception (of which I was an irregular part) is: Hirsh, I.J., Monahan, C.B., Grant, K.W. & Singh, P.G. (1990) "Studies in auditory timing - I", Perception and Psychophysics 47(3), 215-226. ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

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