The history of the pianoforte

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Cassell, Petter and Galpin., 1870 - 80 pages

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Page 9 - It is this doctrine which Shakespeare alludes to when he makes Lorenzo teach astronomy to Jessica in this fashion : "Look, Jessica, see how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold ! There's not the smallest orb that thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubim; Such harmony is in immortal souls! But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in we cannot hear it.
Page 15 - The first seven letters of the alphabet, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, are...
Page 10 - And Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand ; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously : the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Page 30 - I took by the tapestry that hung before the door of the chamber, and seeing her back was toward the door, I entered within the chamber, and stood a pretty space hearing her play excellently well. But she left off immediately, so soon as she turned her about and saw me.
Page 20 - They overturn all the accounts hitherto given of the earliest state of music and musical instruments in the East, and are, altogether, in their form, ornaments, and compass, an incontestable proof, stronger than a thousand Greek quotations, that geometry, drawing, mechanics, and music were at the greatest perfection when this instrument was made ; and that the period from which we date the invention of these arts was only the beginning of the era of their restoration.
Page 20 - This instrument is of a much more advantageous form than the triangular Grecian harp. It has thirteen strings, but wants the forepiece of the frame opposite to the longest string. The back part is the sounding-board, composed of four thin pieces of wood, joined together in the form of a cone, that is, growing wider towards the bottom ; so that, as the length of the string increases, the square of the corresponding space in the sounding-board, in which the sound was to undulate, always increases in...
Page 49 - End of Act I., Miss Brickler will sing a favourite. Song from Judith, accompanied by Mr. Dibdin, on a new instrument, called PIANO-FORTE.
Page 12 - ... of their empire, a music and instruments of their own, far superior to those of other countries less civilized and refined ; that after their subjugation by the Persians, this music and these instruments were lost : but under the Ptolemies, music, together with the other arts of Greece, were...
Page 30 - That same day after dinner, my Lord of Hunsdean drew me up to a quiet gallery that I might hear some music ; but he said he durst not avow it, where I might hear the queen play upon the virginals. After I had hearkened...
Page 11 - after having overflowed the whole country of Egypt, when it returned within its natural bounds, left on the shore a great number of dead animals of various kinds, and, among the rest, a tortoise, the flesh of which being dried and wasted by the sun, nothing was left within the shell, but nerves and cartilages, and these being braced and contracted by...

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