[Book Reviews]


THIS is a continuation of the author's preceding chapters, “How Olympos found his New Scale” and “The Olympion,” published in 1926. The first of the new chapters is a technical and historical discussion of the problem of the second string of the enharmonic tetrachord, and Dr. Perrett directs attention to the fundamental difference between the ancient and the modern practice of harmony, the Greeks apparently having no instruments constructed to give very deep notes, and the singers forming their chorus being men, whose vocal enharmonic would have to be written in our bass clef. The orchestration, mainly for harps and clarinets, must have been a light one, lying mainly above the voice part—more like what we should call an obligate

Some Questions of Musical Theory.

Chapter 3: The Second String; Chapter 4: Ptolemy's Tetrachords; With an Appendix: The Tiercetone Scale. By Dr. Wilfrid Perrett. Pp. iv + 31-98. (Cambridge: W. Heffer and Sons, Ltd., 1928.) 5s. net.

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A., H. [Book Reviews]. Nature 123, 46 (1929). https://doi.org/10.1038/123046a0

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