On the Modes: Part Four of Le Istitutioni Harmoniche, 1558 by Gioseffo Zarlino

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3 I : "I think that it must be more openly stated that it was not {the music] that I recommended. " The edition by H . E. Butler, Loeb Class. Lib. (London: W . Heinemann, 1969), p. 174, has effeminata for Zarlino's effoeminata. 20. Ovid A r s amatoria I. " The edition by J. H. Mozley, Loeb Class. Lib. (London: W . Heinemann, 1962), p. 20, has Ludius for Zarlino's Lydius. 21. Statius Silvae 5. 5. " 22. Chapter I , n. 10. WHAT IS A MODE 5 one sort of harmony and another used another sort. The modes also differed in the rhythms of the verse.

P. (see n. 5), p. 146A. 10. Pliny Historia naturalh 7. 56. 204. I I . 225); Lat. trans. (see n. 5), p. 146A. I 2. " I 3. Plutarch On Music I 6 in Moralia I I 36D. 14. According to Plutarch (On Music I 6 in Moraiia I I 36E), Damon of Athens is credited with the invention of the low Lydian. I 5. Plutarch On Music 29 in Moralia I 14 IB. 16. Aristotle Metaphysics 2. I . ON THE MODES 20 Phrygian, which is put by Lucian first in order, l7 and the Aeolian, which is placed first by Apuleius. l 8 W e shall now stop discussing these things and shall speak about the nature of the [ancient} modes.

IV, 9 . I. 1 0 . 12. 14 ON THE MODES was Ptolemy, began from the following premise: "system" means a congregation of notes, or sounds, that contains a certain ordered and complete melodic line or conjunction of consonances, such as the diapente, diatessaron, and others. In this manner, every mode is placed entirely in one of the seven species of diapason, which is more perfect than any other constitution. CHAPTER 3 The Name and dumber of the Modes as among all those who have mentioned the modes there exists (as we have seen1) a great variety of general names, so also a great variety exists of particular names.

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