The Life of Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray

The Life of Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray

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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ... the Young Anacharsis, --(a better scholar than myself would cite a graver authority), --trunscribes a passage, from a Greek musician, which seems to indicate, that the Greeks found it very difficult to sing in the enharmonic scale. At present, it is considered a great difiiculty: few v'oices can rise or fall, without some intermediate gradation, to the quarter tone of a distant note. One of the most scientific musicians in England told me, that he thought it doubtful, whether any performer could sound, at once distinctly and rapidly, two consecutive tetrachords in the enharmonic scale. But, the difiiculty, however great, was subdued by the Greeks, as the quarter tone regularly occurs in their scale. This, it is extremely difiicult to comprehend; and it has been found impossible to adapt a frequency of quarter tones for any practical purpose. The work, in which the Greek system of music appears to be best explained, is a paper of Sir George Shuckburgh, (No. 441), in the Philosophical Transactions. But, without intense study, it is impossible to comprehend it. A few months before he died, Doctor Burney said to me, that " he himself never understood the Greek music, or found any one that did understand it." The Romans adopted from the Greeks, the diatonic scale; and, partially, at least, the chromatic: but they rejected the enharmonic, and many of the subdivisions of the two other scales.. All modern music is in the diatonic scale, with the occasional admixture of the chromatic semitone, and the enharmonic quarter tone: but the last is very seldom introduced. One is naturally led to suppose, that the Grecian music admitted a similar admixture; but it seems to be agreed, that their airs, were either altogether in the diatonic, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836286
  • 9781236836281