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6, calls Saturn the highest of the the lowest, with respect to us, Nete. planets, Hypate] and the moon, Boethius, likewise, in his Treatise on Music, places, in all his ones at the diagrams, the low sounds at the top, and the high bottom. But, he concludes, that we must not attend to the original ; : : import of these words, summus and imus, but understand Hypate and Nete as first and last, or principal and extreme, as Aristides Quintilianus has done, p. " In the first, or Mercurian lyre, the longest string, which produced the lowest sound, from being placed highest in the instrument, as is the case with the modern harp, was called Hypate, the highest sound, and Nete, for the same reason, was afterwards, upon the extension of the scale, called lowest, though the most acute.
I should answer, the Organ ; which can not only imitate a number of other instruments, but is so comprehensive as to possess the numerous orchestra. It is however, very remote from as it wants expression, and a more perfect intonation. t With respect to excellence of Style power of a perfection, and Composition, it may perhaps be said that to practised ears the most pleasing Music is such as has the merit of novelty, added to refinement, and ingenious contrivance ; and to the ignorant, such as is most familiar and common.
The plain and the disguised alphabet therefore is used down to Mese, Six new disguised letters, to mese from proslambanomenos. alphabet however, appear from the octave above Trite synemmenon, up to the octave above Nete synemmenon and thirteen old ones, with the addition only of a virgula, from that sound up to the double octave which are repeated from the the at the top y : first after that character, they : above Paramese. In the enharmonic and chromatic genera the characters are 2. exactly the same, and in the same perpendicular order, in all the modes ; only the chromatic Lichani, the distinguishing strings of each genus, are marked, as Meibomius observes, with a dash, to distinguish them from the enharmonic Lichani (n).