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Beats in Music *

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    ONE of the subjects treated of in Helmholtz's great work on Acoustics is that of “Beats.” It is one of much interest, both theoretically and practically: theoretically, because of the difficulty that attends the investigation of the phenomena, and of the discussions and misunderstandings that have taken place thereon among writers on scientific harmonics; practically, because beats might form an element of great utility in regard to certain practical operations, were it not that their nature and use are at present almost entirely unknown to practical musicians.

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