By Charles Burney
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X. Part * 1667-1752. Specialized in the study of Greek musical theory. m He for the a well-known and and became the work he did for Vox,, i. 3 popular composer" "The Beggar's Opera " and stage. i, p. " 33 A GENERAL HISTORY OF MUSIC No instances of these inverted scales are to be found, however, in Aristoxenus, Euclid, or any of the oldest and best writers. and some other of the more modern compilers, Boethius, Bryennius, have, indeed, puzzled the cause by ambiguous expressions, which seem to bear such construction (r) ; and Dr.
We are told, not only by Alypius, but by Gaudentius, p. 23, that of the two rows of letters used for musical characters, the upper is for the words, that is, to be sung, and the under to be played. (Z) It is somewhat strange that the notes for the voice in ancient music, should be placed above those for the lyre, and consequently further from the words. " * Marcus Meibom (Meibomius) of Upsala and Utrecht, published tracts and translations of many Greek and Roman books on music. There does not seem to be any English translation ot the Antiques musicae auctares septem graece et Mine (1625).
I found ancient Music so intimately connected with Poetry, Mythology, Government, Manners, and Science in general, that wholly to separate it from them, seemed to me like talcing a single figure out of a group, in an historical picture; or a single character out of a drama, of which the propriety depends upon the dialogue and the incidents. If, therefore, a number of figures appear in relief, and somewhat keep the back-ground, I hope they will give off the dryness and fatigue which a single subject in a long work, or a single figure, if often repeated, though in different points of view, is apt to produce.
A General History of Music by Charles Burney