The practice of tuning the strings of a stringed instrument differently than the standard tuning. Scordatura is generally used to extend an instrument's range, or to make certain passages easier or more possible to perform; it is also used to achieve certain special effects. Scordatura was popular between 1600 and 1750, and is used rarely now.
See also [Eng.] scordatura; [Fr.] scordatura (f); [Ger.] Skordatur (f); [It.] scordatura (f).