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The Philosophy of Music


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Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Material of Music: 2. The phenomena of sound in general; 3. Special characteristics of musical sounds; 4. Theoretical nature of the sounds of musical instruments; Part II. Elementary Arrangements of the Material: 5. General arrangement of musical sounds by steps or degrees; 6. Musical intervals; 7. History of the musical scale; 8. Theoretical nature of the diatonic scale in its ancient form; 9. The ancient modes; 10. Modern tonality; 11. The modern diatonic scale as influenced by harmony; 12. The chromatic scale - the scales of the minor mode; 13. Time - rhythm - form; Part III. The Structure of Music: 14. Melody; 15. Harmony. A. History; 16. Harmony continued. B. Theoretical rules and systems; 17. Harmony continued. C. Elementary combinations; 18. Harmony continued. D. Compound combinations - chords; 19. Harmony continued. D. Harmonic progressions; 20. Counterpoint; 21. Conclusion; Appendix.

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First published in 1879, this work brings together a lecture series given by Pole in 1877 for the Royal Institution.

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