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This author, the clearest and most satisfactory, as far as he goes, of all the ancients who have treated of music, has given us the following extraordinary scale of sounds used in the mixed it genus. 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^.
When the enquiries of academician seem successful, and satisfy my mind by the solution of difficulties, I shall at other times, I shall either attempt to explain freely avail myself of his diligence and erudition these difficulties myself, or shall frankly confess my ignorance and inability to furnish my readers with (a) number M. Burette has presented of well written this learned ; any satisfactory information concerning * The full extent of the Greek musical system was ultimately three and one third The number of signs employed therefore was 14070 for vocal and 70 for instrumental use.
Trite Diezeugmenon, Epsilon, and an inverted Pi. Diezeugmenon Diatonos, as Nete Synemmenon, which was the same string in the lyre. 2\fete Diezeugmenon, horizontal Phi, and a small Eta lengthened. j^ / Trite hyperbolceon, M'T HyperbolcBon an inverted Upsilon, and an imperfect Diatonos, Mu, and a lengthened Pi, accented. ' Nete Hyperbolceon, Iota, and an accented Lambda, placed horizontally. It is from the indefatigable labour of that learned Meibomius,* in his Commentaries upon the ancient Greek Musicians, particularly TO.