Homage to Jorgensen

Most of the information in this website is cheerfully lifted from Owen Jorgensen's monumental tome, Tuning: Containing The Perfection of Eighteenth-Century Temperament; The Lost Art of Nineteenth-Century Temperament; and The Science of Equal Temperament. To save space, I have summarized Jorgensen's wording and decided in many places to eliminate quotation marks and just admit at the outset that it is all taken from his book. Each image contains a citation for the source of the information, generally a page in Jorgensen.


I must say that as a professional organizer of information, I am staggered by the amount of research that Jorgensen managed to capture. It is regrettable that the book has gone out of print. My effort here should be thought of as a supplement to Jorgensen. There may be places where I have misinterpreted the data, and I take full responsibility for that.


There are temperaments here that you will not find in Jorgensen: Coleman, Bailey, Koval, Wendell, Secor, Di Veroli, Bremmer, and Jorgensen's own improvement on Prinz/Kirnberger. In each case I have made comments drawn from personal emails or website postings. Again, if I have misrepresented anything, please let me know and I will promptly fix it.


You may download a somewhat current PDF file (9/29/06) of these charts here. This is a large file, over 6 MB, so expect it to take a while. 


Suggestions to speed things up: if you are using Internet Explorer, once the page has loaded you can "add to Favorites" and on that dialog box you can click Make available offline. If you click the Customize button, you can save everything within a couple of clicks. This will store all the images on your computer.


On the Mac, you can accomplish the same thus: Go to the menu item Favorites>Subscribe... and click the Customize button. Then click the Offline tab. Check the box for Download site for offline browsing and click the Options button. There, click Download links 3 levels deep and Skip links to other sites. Click OK twice to get out of here, and you're done. Later on, when I have updated the site, go to Favorites menu and choose Update Subscriptions.