Absolute pitch



the exact pitch of a tone in terms of vibrations per second.
Also called perfect pitch. the ability to sing or recognize the pitch of a tone by ear.
Historical Examples

Every white key on the piano represents an “absolute pitch.”
Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer

I perceived it instantly, my absolute pitch serving me well, but I hardly knew what to do.
Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg

The sign placed at the beginning of a stave, determining the absolute pitch of the notes that follow it.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

Clef, klef, n. a musical character placed on the staff by which the absolute pitch of the notes is fixed.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

In other words, he has to some degree the sense of absolute pitch.
The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole

The neumes signified mostly intonations, upward or downward slides of the voice, and not absolute pitch.
A Popular History of the Art of Music W. S. B. Mathews

Schumann did not possess it, and (unless I am incorrectly informed) Wagner did not have absolute pitch.
Piano Playing Josef Hofmann

Mozart had absolute pitch, but music, in his day, was far less complicated.
Piano Playing Josef Hofmann

Prof. Ladd’s statement that these contractions assist the ear in the judgment of absolute pitch has already been cited.
The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor

The key in which the System is taken fixes the absolute pitch of the series.
The Modes of Ancient Greek Music David Binning Monro

noun
Also called (not in technical usage) perfect pitch. the ability to identify exactly the pitch of a note without comparing it to another
the exact pitch of a note determined by its number of vibrations per second

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