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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 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 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 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 previewAn Encyclopædia, or Dictionary of Music ... With upwards of two hundred engraved examples, the whole compiled from the most celebrated foreign and English authorities, interspersed with observations critical and explanatory (1825)

by John Feltham DANNELEY

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

Google previewTechnological Dictionary (1846)

Explaining the Terms of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Professions, and Trades by W. M. Buchanan

ABAcus HARMoNicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument. ABAcus MAJoR, a trough to wash ore in. ABAD'non, from abad, to be lost. The destroying angel of the bottomless pit.— Rev. ix. The bottomless pit.

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 previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

AbAcus Harmonicus, is used by Kircher for the ftructure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, whether to be touched with the hands or the feet. - ALA cus Major, in mctallurgic operations, the name of a trough used in the mines, ...

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 previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

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 Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

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 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 previewA Dictionary of Mechanical Science, Arts, Manufactures, and Miscellaneous Knowledge (1827)

by A. Jamieson

The ABAcus Harmonicus of Kircher, denotes the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument. And the A3Acus Major in metallurgic operations, is the name of a trough used in the mines for washing ore. ABAFT, a Sea term, the ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanation of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences : Containing Definitions Drawn from the Original Writers, and Illustrated by Plates, Diagrams, Cuts, &c by George Crabb

ABAcus Harmonicus, the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, either to be touched with the hands or the feet, according to Kircher. ABAcus Major (Min.) a trough in which the ore is washed. Agric. de Re. Metal. l. 8.

Google previewA Philosophical and Mathematical Dictionary (1815)

Containing an Explanation of the Terms, and an Account of the Several Subjects, Comprised Under the Heads Mathemetics, Astronomy, and Philosophy Both Natural and Experimental; with an Historical Account of the Rise, Progress and Present State of These Sciences; Also Memoirs of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Authors, Both Ancient and Modern, who by Their Discoveries Or Improvements Have Contributed to the Advancement of Them by Charles Hutton

ABAcus Harmonicus is used by Kircher for the structure and disposition of the keys of a musical instrument, either to be touched with the hands or feet. ABA cus , in Geometry, a table or slate upon which schemes or diagrams are drawn.

Google previewENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA; Or, A DICTIONARY of Arts and Sciences, Compiled Upon a New Plan. In Wich the Different Science and Arts are Digested Into Distinct Treatises Or Systems; and The Various Technical Terms, ... are Explained as They Occur in the Order of the Alphabet. Illustrated with One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates, by a Society of Gentlemen in Scotland. IN THREE VOLUMES. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar; and Fold by Colin Macfarquhar, at this Printing-office, Nicolson Street. M.D.CC.LXXI. (1771)

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Abacus harmonicus, among musicians, the arrangement of the keys of a musical instrument. ABA cus logisticut, a right-angled triangle, whose sides forming the right angle contain the numbers from 1 to 6o, and its area the facta of every two of ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Britannica, or, A dictionary of arts and sciences, compiled upon a new plan (1771)

in which the different sciences and arts are digested into distinct treatises or systems, and the various technical terms, etc. are explained as they occur in the order of the alphabet by Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc

Abacus harmonicus, among musicians, the arrangement of the keys of a musical instrument. Abacus logifticus, a right-angled triangle, whose sides forming the right angle contain the numbers from 1 to 60, and its area the facta of every two of ...

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