By Charles Burney
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I should answer, the Organ ; which can not only imitate a number of other instruments, but is so comprehensive as to possess the numerous orchestra. It is however, very remote from as it wants expression, and a more perfect intonation. t With respect to excellence of Style power of a perfection, and Composition, it may perhaps be said that to practised ears the most pleasing Music is such as has the merit of novelty, added to refinement, and ingenious contrivance ; and to the ignorant, such as is most familiar and common.
33, et Wallis in Bryennio, p. 364, et seq. (s) * 34 P. 159. FoL Ed. (t) P. n, at the top. Published the texts of Ptolemy, Porphyry's Commentary and Bryennius, between 1657-1699. DISSERTATION ON THE MUSIC OF THE ANCIENTS It seems, therefore, as if the Greeks ascended the lower octave of the disdiapason, and descended the upper one otherwise it is not easy to see why the strings of the upper octave should have Omega. ; referring, as they evidently do, to a descending series, and in order opposite to those of the lower octave (u).
D occasion but for four ; and the octaves from proslambanomenos to mese, which in the pure * The sign X is used to indicate the raising of the pitch of a note by a quarter tone. 4* A GENERAL HISTORY OF MUSIC had but eight strings, in the mixed genus must have been supplied with twelve. So that a remark made by Perrault (&) concerning the superiority of the modern scale over the ancient, in having a greater number of diatonic, chromatic, or enharmonic, ^ sounds in the compass of a fourth, is not so much in our favour as with it at first appears ; the number of notes being equal in both : this difference, that the ancients moderns have no Diesis, or C, E F, or A and B^.
A General History of Music by Charles Burney