A General History of the Science and Practice of Music; In Five Volumes Volume 4

A General History of the Science and Practice of Music; In Five Volumes Volume 4

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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: ...by the vowels, which he conceives to be the more convenient practice; and that the very Barbarians distinguished their sounds by such like syllables or diminutive words, long before the time of Guido. The arguments of the imperfection of the ancient music, arising from the form of their instruments, he endeavours, but in vain, to refute; and hastens to a description of the ancient hydraulic organ, the representation whereof, as given by him, seems to be but a creature of his own imagination. After describing this instrument, he censures Kepler for affirming that the ancient organists were no better than the modern Utricularii, or mendicant bagpipers j an appellation which he fays more properly belongs to the modern organists. As to the cantus of the tibia blown on by the mouth, he thinks it may be truly said that the modern performers know no more of it than the ancient shepherds; and that, if we except the Chinese, who alone excel in this kind of music, we shall find none in this age that can please even a moderate ear. Speaking of the ratios of chords, and of pipes, he refutes an error of the elder Galileo, in his dialogues De Motu, which it seems had been adopted by Mersennus and Des Cartes, namely, that, caeteris paribus, the thinner chords yield the acuter sounds; the contrary whereof he affirms to be the fact. After having treated very copiously on the Tibiae of the ancients, and, without the least evidence from history, discriminated them into species, some as peculiar to the Phrygian, others to the Dorian, and It is evident from this passage that Vossius was ignorant of the use of the syllables. All men are sensible that musical sounds are most easily prolated by vowels associated with consonants, but none but a person.show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971760
  • 9781236971760