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And, next to singing, the most pleasing kinds are those which approach the nearest to vocal ; such as can be sustained, swelled, and diminished, at pleasure. Of these, the first in rank are such as the most excellent performers produce from the Violin, Flute, and Hautbois. If it were to be asked what instrument is capable of affording the greatest effects? I should answer, the Organ ; which can not only imitate a number of other instruments, but is so comprehensive as to possess the numerous orchestra.

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This author, the clearest and most satisfactory, as far as he goes, of all the ancients who have treated of music, has given us the following extraordinary scale of sounds used in the mixed it genus. d occasion but for four ; and the octaves from proslambanomenos to mese, which in the pure * The sign X is used to indicate the raising of the pitch of a note by a quarter tone. 4* A GENERAL HISTORY OF MUSIC had but eight strings, in the mixed genus must have been supplied with twelve. So that a remark made by Perrault (&) concerning the superiority of the modern scale over the ancient, in having a greater number of diatonic, chromatic, or enharmonic, ^ sounds in the compass of a fourth, is not so much in our favour as with it at first appears ; the number of notes being equal in both : this difference, that the ancients moderns have no Diesis, or C, E F, or A and B^.

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