Thomas Salmon (1647-1706) is remembered today for the fury with which Matthew Locke greeted his first foray into musical writing, the Essay to the Advancement of Musick (1672), and the near-farcical level to which the subsequent pamphlet dispute quickly descended. Salmon proposed a radical reform of musical tation, involving a new set of clefs which he claimed, and Locke denied, would make learning and performing music much easier. The incident has tended to be passed over rather briefly in the scholarly literature, but beneath the unedifying invective employed by Salmon, Locke and their supporters, serious and vel statements were being made about what constituted musical kwledge and what was the proper way to acquire it. This volume is the first published scholarly edition of Salmon's writings on tation, previously available only in microfilm and online facsimiles. A second volume to follow will present Salmon's writings on pitch - previously only available mostly in manuscript.
Benjamin Wardhaugh, All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK.
Benjamin Wardhaugh, Dr. Benjamin Wardhaugh
Ashgate Publishing Group
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Music & Dance
Music Theory in Britain, 1500-1700: Critical Editions
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Ashgate Publishing Limited
includes 10 b&w illustrations & 38 musical examples