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a fortiori

Subject: Philosophy

(Latin, from the stronger)

Phrase used for ‘all the more’ or ‘even more so’: if all donkeys bray, then a fortiori all young donkeys bray.

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Mark Lindley

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Music
Length:
3,496 words
Illustration(s):
5

...of performing in various tuning systems, that musicians, unlike other listeners, heard the difference between equal and mean-tone temperaments, giving preference to the latter, ‘and a fortiori the just intonation, but only in broad terminating chords and for choral-like music. However, they . . . do not like the pitch fluctuations caused by instantaneously corrected thirds’. According to McClure (‘Studies in Keyboard Temperaments’, GSJ , i, 1948, 28–40), George Bernard Shaw recalled that in the 1870s the progressions of pure concords on Bosanquet’s...

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