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Frontiers in Art Research, 2021, 3(5); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2021.030508.

Zhu Zaiyu’ s Twelve Mean Law and European Music Revolution -Take “Well Tempered Clavier” in Bach for example


Ziyu Wang

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Ziyu Wang

School of Art, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang, Jiangxi, 330013, China


Zhu Zaiyu is a famous Chinese musician in Ming Dynasty. His research results laid the theoretical foundation for the development of modern music.Joseph Needham called it ' the saint of Chinese Renaissance ', and equal temperament is the most important part of his music theory. Taking Bach ’ s “Well Tempered Clavier” as an example, this paper explores the theoretical significance of equal temperament through the causes and exploration process of the equal temperament, so as to study the influence of Zhu Zaiyu ’ s Equal Temperament theory on the European music revolution, and summarize the influence of this theory on the development of Chinese and Western music, so as to understand more comprehensively the important contribution of Equal Temperament to the development of Chinese and Western music.


Zhu Zaiyu, Bach, Equal Temperament

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Ziyu Wang. Zhu Zaiyu’ s Twelve Mean Law and European Music Revolution -Take “Well Tempered Clavier” in Bach for example. Frontiers in Art Research (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 5: 38-40. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2021.030508.


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