John Birchensha: Writings on Music

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Music - 331 pages
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John Birchensha (c.1605?-1681) is remembered for inventing a system that he claimed would enable even those without practical experience of music to learn to compose in a short time. His great aim was to publish a treatise on music in its philosophical, mathematical and practical aspects, entitled Syntagma musicae.]
  

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Contents

Birchenshas Life
4
A Compendious Discourse
17
The Practical Part of Music
30
The Mathematical and Philosophical Parts of Music
48
To reduce all the Parts of Musick to a Regularity and Just order
63
Transcription Policy
70
Letter to the Royal Society 26 April 1664
85
Birchenshas Description of his Grand Scale 9 June 1665
179
Synopsis of Syntagma musics for the Royal Society
197
Birchensha Demonstrates his Compleat Scale of Musick
211
Silas Taylors Manuscript
217
William Corbetts Manuscript
243
Francis Witheys Manuscript
273
Bibliography
299
Index
315
Copyright

Animadversion for Syntagma musics 1672
189

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About the author (2010)

Benjamin Wardhaugh is a postdoctoral research fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where he studies and teaches the history of mathematics. He is the author of "How to Read Historical Mathematics" (Princeton).

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