UNEQUAL TEMPERAMENTS - A review of sorts
A review by Dr. Bradley Lehman of the 2nd edition of the UNEQUAL TEMPERAMENTS eBook (UT2) was published on The Viola da Gamba Society Journal (2009), Vol 03 No 2, in Dec. 2009. A detailed response, "Unequal Temperaments: Revisited", was published in the same Journal, Vol 04, issued in January 2011. The complete issues can be downloaded from the VdGS Journal website. A much smaller download includes only the Unequal Temperaments: Revisited article, which explains the fundamental flaws of Lehman's review.
Lehman entitled his main paper (2005) "Bach's Extraordinary Temperament: Our Rosetta Stone". He uses expressions such as "my Rosetta-Stone discovery" and "compelling evidence", naming his proposal "Bach's temperament", as if it was a given that his temperament is the only one worthy of Bach's name among the scores of similar modern proposals. He fully rejected a thorough rebuttal of his methods and conclusions, published by highly respected scholars Mark Lindley and Ibo Ortgies (2006). Other well-known musicologists have also pinpointed basic flaws in Lehman's ideas (John O'Donnell in 2006, Peter Williams in 2007 and Rudolf Rasch in 2008).
Until recently, Lehman's main problems were the authoritative rebuttals. Then he was upsetas he candidly acknowledged in his review of UT2at my lack of endorsement for his "Bach temperament", and wrote his review as a frontaland futileattack against the UT2 book. In the process, he employed a plethora of arguments contrary to well-established acoustic principles and current musicology. Now fully debunked in my response but still unrepentant, in a webpage of his, Lehman has retorted stating (among other assertions easy to disprove) that I have misrepresented both his review and my own book! Thus Lehman has boldly moved, from the foggy battlefield of Bach's musical practice, into a controversy about the exact words contained in published writings. Now anybody can collate the UT2 book, the review and the rebuttal, and easily tell right from wrong. I wish Dr. Lehman good luck, for he will need it.
Claudio Di Veroli
Bray, Rep. Ireland, March 2011