Frequently asked questions

Where can I find the piece I am playing?


  1. Head to Library
  2. Choose your composer
  3. Click on your piece - a side bar will appear that allows you to choose a movement, tempo and pitch
  4. Click download, open the file in your favourite media player, and play along.
If your piece isn't available yet, please get in touch and request it.




How do I download a piece?


  1. Head to Library, choose your composer
  2. Click on your piece - a side bar will appear that allows you to select a movement, tempo and pitch
  3. Click download, open the file in your favourite media player, and play along.




What format are the files in?


The audio files are supplied in .wav format. This is a high quality uncompressed audio file format that is natively supported by both Windows and Mac OS. Compatible media players include Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime, Winamp, and VLC.




How do I know when to come in?


There is a short harpsichord introduction before you come in. This introduction is based on the ending of the movement, so you will hear the final notes of the recorder part quoted in the right hand of the harpsichord. The play-in is no longer than a few bars, and it always follows the same time signature and tempo as the movement.




How do I change the playing pitch and/or tempo?


  1. Head to Library, and select your composer
  2. Select your piece - a sidebar will appear with dropdown boxes
  3. Choose a movement from the first box
  4. Select your preferred tempo from the second box
  5. Select your preferred pitch from the third box and click the download button.




What if my piece isn't part of the library?


We're sorry that your piece isn't currently available. However, we are always looking for new pieces to add to the library. Get in touch and let us know what is missing - we'll add it to the list....!




What playing pitches and tempos are available?


There are four different pitches available: 392Hz, 415Hz, 440Hz (modern concert pitch), and 466Hz. There are three different tempos available: slow, medium, and fast. These will be relative to the tempo indicated by the composer.




What temperament (tuning system) is used?


We are using Valotti/Young for the baroque repertoire and 6th comma meantone for the renaissance repertoire.