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Abacus Harmonicus

Definition of the noun Abacus Harmonicus

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noun

  1. [music] An ancient diagram showing the structure and disposition of the keys of an instrument.

Explanation

Abacus Harmonicus, or Abacum Arithmetico-Harmonicum is a table and tabular method described in Athanasius Kircher's comprehensive 1650 work on music, the Musurgia Vniversalis. The purpose is to generate counterpoint combinations. Also mentioned in early editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is best described by the author's caption: "wonderful table that reveals all the secret art of counterpoint".

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Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B by William Nicholson

Abacus harmonicus, among musicians, denotes the arrangement of the keys of a musical instrument. Abacus, Grecian, an oblong flame, over which are stretched several brass wires, strung with little ivory balk, by the various arrangements of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Abacus Harmonicus is used by Kircher for the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with the hands or the feet. Abacus Major, in metallurgic operations, the name of a trough used in the mines, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

Abacus Harmonicus, is used by Kircherforthe structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with the hands or the feet. Abacus Major, in metallurgic operations, the name of a trough used in the mines, ...

Google previewAdams' New Musical Dictionary (1865)

Of Fifteen Thousand Technical Words, Phrases, Abbreviations, Initials, and Signs, Employed in Musical and Rhythmical Art and Science, in Nearly Fifty Ancient and Modern Languages

Abacus Harmonicus. (Lat.) The structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument. A, Ballata. (Ita.) In the manner of a ballad; a chorus repeated at the close of each verse of a song. Abandomo ed £ Con. (Ita.) With self-abandon and ...

Google previewModern Music and Musicians: The great composers, part 2. Critical and biographical sketches on modern music ; Pronouncing dictionary of musical terms ; Biographical dictionary of musicians (1918)

Abacus harmonicus (Lat.). A table of notes; also the arrangement of the keys and pedals of an instrument. A ballata (It.) (ah bal-lah'-tah). In the style of a ballad. Abandon (Fr.) (ah-ban'-dong). Without restraint. A battuta (It.) (ah bat-too-tah).

Google previewModern Music and Musicians: Encyclopedia: v. 1. A history of music; special articles; great composers; v. 2. Religious music of the world; vocal music and musicians; the opera; history and guide; v. 3. The theory of music; piano technique; special articles; modern instruments; anecdotes of musicians; dictionary. (musical terms and biography) (1912)

by Louis Charles Elson

Abacus harmonicus (Lat.). A table of notes: also the arrangement of the keys and pedals of an instrument. A ballata (It.) (ah bal- lah' ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge ... (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

Abacus Harmonicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with ...

Google previewAn encyclopœdia, or dictionary of music (1825)

by John Feltham Danneley

ABACUS HARMONICUS, according to Kircher, the structure and disposition of the keys of a B musical instrument, ...

Google previewEncyclopædia metropolitana; or, Universal dictionary of knowledge, ed. by E. Smedley, Hugh J. Rose and Henry J. Rose. [With] Plates (1845)

by Edward Smedley

Abacus Harmonicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with ...

Google previewA new universal etymological technological, and pronouncing dictionary of the English language (1848)

by John Craig (F.G.S.)

Abacus harmonicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument. Abacus major, a trough used in mines to wash ores in. Abacus Pythagoricus, the multiplication table, invented by Pythagoras. Abada, ab'a-da, «. An African ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1830)

ABAcus Harmonicus is used by Kircher for the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with the hands or the feet. ABAcus Major, in metallurgic operations, the name of a trough used in the mines, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1832)

Intended to Exhibit: I. The Origin and the Affinities of Every English Word ... II. The Orthography and the Pronunciation of Words ... III. Accurate and Discriminating Definitions of Technical and Scientific Terms ... To which are Prefixed an Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History, and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe and a Concise Grammar, Philosophical and Practical, of the English Language by Noah Webster

ABACUS HARMONICUS, The structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument. ABACUS MAJOR, A trough used in mines to wash ore in. Encyc.

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary Or Familiar Explanation of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences (1823)

Containing Definitions Drawn from the Original Writers : in Two Volumes by George Crabb

Abacus Harmonicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, ...

Google previewThe Anglo-American Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Dictionary department (A-Z) (1904)

Abacus harmonicus : The arrangement of the keys of a musical instrument. (2.) Abacus major (Metal.) : A trough in which ore is washed. (3.) Abacus Pythagoricus : The multiplication table. (4.) Abacus logisticus: A right-angled triangle whoso ...

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