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absolute pitch,

the position of a tone in the musical scale determined according to its number of vibrations per second, irrespective of other tones. The term also denotes the capacity to identify any tone upon hearing it sounded alone or to sing any specified tone. Experiments have shown that this ability, a form of memory, can be acquired through practice, but in some individuals it appears to be inborn.

absolute pitch

[′ab·sə‚lüt ′pich]
(acoustics)
The pitch of a musical tone expressed as the frequency of the sound wave of that tone.

absolute pitch

1. the ability to identify exactly the pitch of a note without comparing it to another
2. the exact pitch of a note determined by its number of vibrations per second
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Finally, absolute pitch is "the ability to identify a tone's pitch or to produce a tone at a particular pitch without the use of an external reference pitch", which might correspond conventionally with instantly identifying the 13th letter of the alphabet ('M') (Takeuchi & Hulse 1993).
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Absolute pitch has been "idealized in popular culture as a rare and desirable musical endowment, partly because several well-known composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Handel, have been assumed to possess absolute pitch," the researchers wrote.
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different") on successive tones, though they may be able to identify these tones independent of context, so-called absolute pitch.
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Palestrina's magnificent setting of the Stabat Mater , a severe test for any singers, taxed this highly accomplished group who found maintaining the absolute pitch and subsequent colour a daunting task.
Essential aspects of musical sound, such as the numbers and types of voices and instruments participating in a performance, the application of words to melodies, the absolute pitch level, and the nature of ornamentation added by performers, can be reconstructed only from careful analysis of scattered bits of evidence.
Untrained musical listeners lack recognitional capacities for musical properties (such as absolute pitch locations).