Definition of concert pitch in English:

concert pitch


  • 1A standard for the tuning of musical instruments, internationally agreed upon in 1960, in which the note A above middle C has a frequency of 440 Hz.

    • ‘Roskilde was picked in part because, as well as its great organ, it possesses two additional Marcussen organs which work at concert pitch and the lower Baroque pitch.’
    • ‘A transposing instrument is a musical instrument whose music is written at a pitch different from concert pitch.’
    • ‘The problem is, today, we don't have a Classical singing repertoire - No.1; No.2, the accepted concert pitch, or standard pitch, which is rising, is false.’
    • ‘Likewise, Maxwell noted the perfect likeness of atomic spectra on Earth and distant stars, ‘like tuning-forks all tuned to concert pitch,’ all cut to a universal measure.’
    • ‘Taking the 40Hz concert pitch and deciding on the other notes based on the Pythagorean description may result in something harmonious but is it right all the time.’
    1. 1.1A state of readiness, efficiency, and keenness.
      ‘slightly unnerved by the contretemps, I was not at concert pitch’
      • ‘They know he will stay the Epsom mile and a half and they are also aware that he will be produced at concert pitch when the big day arrives next month.’
      • ‘Both were high-strung, prone to excessive tension and endurance, and they lived at concert pitch.’
      • ‘Pat Hughes had his string at concert pitch just in time for Galway.’
      • ‘Any swinging between now and the Olympic Games will be confined to a routine on the bars that has been honed to concert pitch.’
      • ‘Pietersen alone gets going; indeed, he is strung up to concert pitch.’
      • ‘Two good efforts this season should have brought Petanque to concert pitch and Andrew Tinkler's 3lb claim should also assist his cause.’


concert pitch

/kənˈsərt piCH/