Modern harmony: its explanation and application by A. Eaglefield Hull

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Vortrag (performance) 5. Die Musikalische Kritik a. (On the necessity of rules) b. (On beauty) c. (Musical taste) by having recourse to an old discipline-rhetoric — and adapting it creatively as a strategy for analyzing the parts, styles, and genres of music. Performance, as can be seen, is now firmly within the theoretical domain, as it is within the traditional discipline of rhetoric, which considers not only the composition (inventio) and structure (dispositio) of a speech, but its affect and delivery (elocutio).

However, there were important differences between this traditional harmonic division and the new harmonic laws of Mersenne. The first difference was that Mersenne derived his laws from extensive investigation into the many different variables affecting pitch, not just those in musical strings but also those found in pipes and other sounding bodies. Musical instruments provided Mersenne with experimental apparatus for investigating many different properties of sound, a quest which effectively turned musical instruments into philosophical, or “scientific” instru4.

51 orphBk6TowardsTonality_AmForm 09-12-2008 12:03 Pagina 52 Penelope Gouk is the ‘Chest of memory’ which stores artificial or acquired memories, while the “Cerebel” (that is, the cerebellum) is the place of “natural memory”. Thus the delayed “echo” effect in humans, where the original sound is belatedly mirrored by the voice, is the result of the sound impressions going into the Cerebel before they move outwards to the mouth again. It seems that the “Idea” of the sound originally heard can stay in the head, until “as occasion serves” the voice is formed, a sound which bears the “image” of the original, even though this was heard some time before.

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