A General History of the Science and Practice of Music; In Five Volumes Volume 1

A General History of the Science and Practice of Music; In Five Volumes Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1776 edition. Excerpt: ...and lastly, Nete hyperboleon. The other tetrachord was joined to the chord Hypate, and was thence called Hypaton; and each of the three adjoined sounds had the addition of Hypaton to distinguish it from the chord of the same denomination in the lower of the two primitive tetrachords; thus Hypate hypaton, Parhypate hypaton, Diatonos hypaton, or Lychanos hypaton, for it matters not which it is called; and this system from Hypate hypaton to Mese is seven chords, making two conjoint tetrachords; and that from Hypate hypaton to Nete is thirteen j so that Mese having the middle place, and conjoining two systems of a septenary each, reckoning either upwards from Hypate hypaton, or downwards from Nete hyperboleon, each system contained seven chords. From this it is evident that the additional tetrachords were originally adapted to the system of Terpander, which did not separate Mese from Trite by a whole tone, as that of Pythagoras did. What advantages could be derived from this addition it is not easy to say; nor is it conceivable that that system could be reducible to practice which gave to a nominal diapason four tones and three hemitones, instead of five tones and two hemitones. But the addition of the new tetrachords to the two disjunct tetrachords of Pythagoras was very natural, and made way for what this author next proceeds to mention, the tetrachord fynemmenon, which took place in the middle of that interval of a tone, by which Pythagoras had divided the two primitive tetrachords. The design of in-troducing this tetrachord fynemmenon, which placed Trite but a he D d 2 mitone mitone distant from Mcse, was manifestly to give to Parhypate meson what it wanted before, a perfect diatessaron for its nominal fourth; and this opinion of its use...show more

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