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To these divisions, which comprehended only what was denominated Harmonics, or the Science of Music, strictly so called, were added five other requisites, no less essential for a musician to know, than the preceding seven: and these were, Rhythm, or the regulation of cadences in all kinds of movement; Metre, or the measure of verses ; Organic, or the instrumental art ; Hypocritic, or gesture ; THE : and Poetic, or the composition of verses. And still to these divisions, Aristides Quintilianus, and some other musical writers, add Odicuwi, or the Art of Singing; which, indeed, seems of more importance to In order to Music, than either the Organic or Hypocritic art.
C. The following extract from Evelyn's Diary (Sept. 19, 1667} is of interest : " To London, with Mr. Henry Howard, of Norfolk, of whom I obtained the gift of his Arunddian Marbles, those celebrated and famous inscriptions Greek and Latin, gathered with so much cost and industry from Greece, by his illustrious grandfather, the magnificent Earl of Arundel, noble friend whilst he lived. When I saw these precious monuments miserably neglected, and scattered up and down about the garden, and other parts of Arundel House, and how exceedingly the corrosive air of London impaired them, I procured him to bestow them on the University of Oxford.
Hypate meson, or principal of the middle or mean for this sound not only served as the last or highest tetrachord note of the first tetrachord, but as the first or lowest of the second; whence these two tetrachords were called conjoint, or connected. These four denominations of the sounds in the first tetrachord may sol re, and E la mi, be compared with the terms B mi, C fa ut, first ; D in the Guido scale ; or with the sounds The sounds of the Meson, or middle tetrachord, were placed in the following order: Hypate Meson, or principal of the mean tetrachord Parypate Meson, next to the middle principal; ; Lichanos Meson; Mese, or middle, as this sound completes the second tetrachord, and is the centre of the whole system.