By John Stainer (editor), William Barrett (editor)
This illustrated dictionary, written by means of the prolific Victorian composer Sir John Stainer (1840-1901) - top remembered this present day for his oratorio The Crucifixion - and W. A. Barrett, was once first released by means of Novello in 1876. It presents definitions for 'the leader musical phrases met with in clinical, theoretical, and functional treatises, and within the extra universal annotated programmes and newspaper criticisms', starting from brief causes of the Italian phrases for tempi, via descriptions of historical tools to expansive articles on such subject matters as acoustics, copyright, hymn tunes, the larynx and temperament. That it accordingly ran to a number of extra versions means that it supplied welcome information for the concert-going public within the 19th century.
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These dispensations only allow the introduction of three notes outside the ambitus in each direction, an authentic mode being allowed a descent to the lowest note of its corresponding plagal tone; a plagal tone being allowed to ascend to the highest note of its corresponding- authentic. This fact, simple enough in itself, is cleverly put into a shape as unintelligible as possible in the following lines, framed for the supposed assistance of the student: " Undents gradibus vult juste vadere prothus.
V. It was formed of a square box of pine-wood, supported on legs and strung with catgut. The player struck the strings with a sort of bow, which was held in the left hand, the right hand being engaged in holding a sort of flute or flageolet with which a melody was performed. The instrument was only used by the lower class of people, and is now obsolete. Alto clef. The G clef, placed upon the third line of the stave, in order that the notes proper to the Alto voice may be conveniently represented: E F D E F The Alto clef is also used for the Tenor violin or viola.
Durandus gives another meaning to the word, The tendency of most of the music written when he says, that the sentences which for the organ is to treat it as an imitation of precede the Psalms and Canticles are called an orchestra ; this improper use of the instru- Antiphons " non quia alternatim a diversis ment is influencing the character of the choris cantentur; sed quia sicut claves et Anthems of the present day; and, unless indices, ad quorum modulationem ac sonum, composers are wise in time, the Church music sequens canticum psalmusque alternatim of the latter part of the 19th, will be as feeble cantatur.
A Dictionary of Musical Terms by John Stainer (editor), William Barrett (editor)