Category: Music Theory

A term often used to express the knowledge of Harmony, Counterpoint, Thorough-bass, etc., as distinguished from the art of singing or playing, which is in the same way called ‘Practice.’ The theory and practice of music is an expression often heard, and to be interpreted as above.

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Cor Anglais (Cor Angle)

Cor Anglais (Italian corno Inglese; German Englisches Horn) The Cor anglais was a tenor oboe in the key of F which is a fifth lower than the ordinary oboe. It had the same scale...

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What is a Breve?

A breve is a note of two semibreves. The breve was invented about 1200 A.D. The breve was originally the shorter of two notes in which the earliest music was composed. Its length was...

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A Short History of the Bagpipe

(French Cornemuse; Italian Cornamusa; German Sackpfiefe) The bagpipe is a musical instrument of great antiquity and was known under many different names. It appears on a coin of Nero, who, according to Suetonius, was...

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Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann pipes is the correct name of the Irish domestic pipes, a name which, by a strange Anglicized corruption, was for a century written ‘Union.’ The Uilleann pipes are to be identified with the...

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What is Diaphony?

(1) Dissonance as opposed to symphonia or consonance. ‘Dissonantia et diaphonia idem sunt: nam, ut dicit Isidorus, diaphoniae sunt voces discrepantes sive dissonae, in quibus non est jocundus sed asperus sonus.’ (2) A primitive...

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What is Polyphony?

Polyphonia (English Polyphony from the Greek ‘many’, ‘a voice’) Polyphony is a term applied by musical historian to a certain species of unaccompanied vocal music in which each voice is made to sing a...

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What is Counterpoint?

Counterpoint – (latin contrapunctus, Italian contrappunto, German Kontrapunkt, French contrepoint) Counterpoint is the name given to the art of combining melodies, or more strictly, to the art of adding melody to melody. The term...

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Apollonicon

The Apollonicon was a larger chamber organ of peculiar construction, comprising both keyboards and barrels, erected by Messrs. Flight and Robson, organ builders, and for many years publicly exhibited by them at their rooms...

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Cembalo

A cembalo (cimbalo) – Italian –a dulcimer was on old European name was cymbal. This ancient instrument was call cymbal by the Poles, and cimbalom by the Magyars. The derivation of cembalo is from...

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History of the Zither

A zither is a stringed instrument that is plucked with a plectrum and could be one of the most ancient musical instruments. The plectrum is the main distinction between the real zither, or ‘Schlagzither’...