By Charles Burney
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But, he concludes, that we must not attend to the original ; : : import of these words, summus and imus, but understand Hypate and Nete as first and last, or principal and extreme, as Aristides Quintilianus has done, p. " In the first, or Mercurian lyre, the longest string, which produced the lowest sound, from being placed highest in the instrument, as is the case with the modern harp, was called Hypate, the highest sound, and Nete, for the same reason, was afterwards, upon the extension of the scale, called lowest, though the most acute.
A verbal description of the modern gammut were given in writing, without notes, it would have the same appearance : r ut, A re, B mi, C fa ut, D sol re, E la mi, F fa ut, G sol re ut, A la mi re, B fa B mi, C sol fa ut, &c. (p) If (q) Phil. Trans. No. cccclxxxi. p. 226, and Martyn's Abridg. Vol. 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.
In examining the three diagrams of Alypius, where the notation of all the fifteen modes in each genus is given, I have frequently tried to find some rule for the use of different kinds of letters, or reason for the confusion in which they appear in the scale. I thought it would have furnished something of 201 historical deduction, if I could have discovered that the simple letters of the alphabet were used in a regular series, to express the sounds ascending or descending, in any one mode of the several genera.
A General History of Music by Charles Burney