Oct. 23, 2021

Renaissance Style Manual

This (photo) is a typical bottom octave of a Renaissance styled organ manual.
Organs from this period were typically tuned in quarter comma meantone temperament [See blog, Temperaments & Tuning, Part IV].
In organs tuned to this temperament the bottom octave of the manuals (other octaves as well) typically were provided with a broken octave with split sharps.
The first white note at the bottom is C.
Next above it is F.
The front black note behind F is D.
The back black note behind F is F#.
The front black note behind G is E.
The back black note behind G is G#.
The front black note behind E (far right in photo) is Eb.
The back black note behind E is D#.