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The Seventh Dragon
The Riddle of Equal Temperament
by Anita T. Sullivan
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"This work of high originality rekindles our sense of life’s rich mystery."

--Library Journal

A veteran piano tuner presents a literary, minimally technical view of the quixotic tuning systems used on keyboard instruments for hundreds of years. The work explains temperament strategies accessibly and reflects on the technical process of piano tuning in both practical and philosophical terms.

The first edition received the Western States Book Award for creative nonfiction in 1986 and garnered praise from National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other media. The updated 2005 edition includes new material, illustrations, index and bibliography.

When Anita Sullivan started a second career as a piano tuner 25 years ago, she was immediately puzzled by the piano’s complicated tuning system. Surprised to learn that her new profession was not only technically complex, but in fact required artistic judgements, she set herself to describing the tuning system in a way that would make sense to ordinary listeners, rather than piano technicians alone. Her exceptional book was the result, now updated for a new generation of readers.


Sullivan now lives in Oregon, where recently she has turned her attention to early pianos, the tuning of historical temperaments, and the music that goes with them.

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ISBN-10: 1-58832-130-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-58832-130-5

Retail: $10.99 U.S.
Edition: Second
Specs: 6 x 9 Trade Paperback
Length: 120
Released: May 2005
Subject(s): Music

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