Last modified on 12 May 2012, at 21:13

Category:Scordature

A special tuning for the violin. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed., 1911): “If the tension of the lowest string, or the two lowest strings, be increased, not only will they be elevated in pitch, but the violin will produce a more powerful tone; if the bass string be lowered, the contrary will take place. By adapting the music to this altered tuning (scordatura) some novel effects are produced.”