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1711 __ The Tuning Fork
John Shore (1662-1753)
Comment : The tuning fork was invented by John Shore, a trumpeter in the service of George I of England, in 1711.The tuning-fork owes it importance to its convenience and constancy as a standard of pitch. It was invented by John Shore,a trumpeter for both Purcell and Handel, and one of a group of twenty-four musicians who formed an orchestra for Queen Anne. In 1714 he was Sergeant Trumpeter at the Coronation of George I, and later he was Lutenist in the Chapel Royal. He always carried a fork to tune his lute, and his stock joke is said to have been : “I do not have about me a pitch-pipe, but I have what will do as well to tune by, a pitch-fork !”. (Alexander Wood)
Source : Wood, Alexander (1944), “The Physics of Music”, Read Books (2007), p. 149.
Urls : http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~scidemos/OscillationsWaves/TuningForks/TuningForks.html (last visited ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztn5Eyd7nZg (last visited )

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