Melody in 19​-​division tuning by Michael Parsons

from The Yasser Collection by Stephen Altoft

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Melody in 19-division tuning was written for Stephen Altoft in July 2004. The melody covers a span of one and a half octaves, divided into 28 equal steps, each slightly less than a third of a tone. It is based on a cyclic permutation of a set of 5 pitches, which is transposed to different degrees of the 19-note scale, in such a way as to focus attention on fine details and subtle differences in tuning. The pause following each note or phrase of the melody is always the same length as the previous note or phrase.


from The Yasser Collection, released May 28, 2019


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Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

He is particularly working on microtonal trumpets and microtonal flugelhorn, with Donald Bousted, as Microtonal Projects.
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