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concert pitch


1. The pitch that non-transposing instruments sound. 
2. The tuning pitch of an ensemble. Instruments in a band or orchestra tune to the concert pitch which is typically the universal standard A1 = 440 Hz. While concert pitch is non-transposing, a variety of wind instruments, such as the trumpet, clarinet, and horn are transposing instruments, indicating that the pitch A1, as relating to that instrument, will not be sounded as an A1 concert pitch but rather a pitch called an A1 on that instrument. Thus, when a B flat trumpet plays an A1 (first and second valves), the instrument is actually sounding a G1 concert pitch.


Last Updated: 2016-05-21 22:06:37