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.
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If, therefore, a number of figures appear in relief, and somewhat keep the back-ground, I hope they will give off the dryness and fatigue which a single subject in a long work, or a single figure, if often repeated, though in different points of view, is apt to produce. Milesius. C. and Herodotus, the oldest Greeic historian whose writings are preserved, died 484 years before the same sera'. DEFINITIONS Ancient writers upon science usually began with definitions ; is possible that this work may fall into the hands of persons wholly unacquainted with the elements of Music, a few preliminary explanations of such difficulties as are most likely to occur to them, and as it may somewhat facilitate the perusal of the technical parts of my enquiries.
A General History of Music by Charles Burney