The tone which signals the impending whirlwinds is very tense, and thus appropriate. It is the same tone, however, which the first violinist, the concertmaster, of every Symphony Orchestra on earth plays before the concert begins, and to which each and every member then tunes. It is the international concert pitch-and the a above middle c vibrates to 440 - Without getting into the science and technical terminology, let me just say this is a pitch tuned up to tension. All the earth's music vibrates to this tone-every genre.
It has not always been so.
Bach did not tune to this pitch.
Mozart did not tune to this pitch.
Beethoven and Schubert did not tune to this pitch.
Handel did not tune to this pitch.
The music of all these composers was pitched at a pitch lacking the tight pull of today's tension.
And yet we play their music "tuned up to tension."
It doesn't make sense - & yet if you were to attempt to discuss this you would be seen as tilting at windmills.
Exactly when was this world tuned up to the insanity of such tension? I'll tell you-It became official in 1939.
Let me know your thoughts.
p.s. I tune my piano to a=415