1737 Generation Harmonique, ou, Traite de Musique Theorique et Practique
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First Edition, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Uncommon
The first edition of this uncommon work.
In the original French.
Illustrated with eleven folding plates.
Pages 226 and 227 are misnumbered 208 and 201.
Leaf *1 is neatly repaired.
Collated, bound without one plate.
Register runs as , *7, A-P8, .
'Generation Harmonique' is a continuation of Jean-Philippe Rameau's earlier work, 'Traite de l'Harmonie', carrying on Rameau's important contributions to contemporary music theory. Rameau's works help to initiate a revolution in musical theory.
Most notable in this volume is Rameau's discussions on the derivation of the major and minor harmony from overtone and undertone series, and the octave identify and division into twelve equal tones.
Rameau was one of the most important French composers and theorists of the eighteenth century, suddenly coming into prominence with his 1722 publication of 'Traite de l'Harmonie'.
In a full calf binding, rebacked with the original boards restored. Externally, with rubbing and discolouration to the boards. Minor bumping to the extremities. Evidence of former wear to the joints and extremities prior to rebacking. Joints are lightly rubbed. Clipping adhered to the front paste down. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are age-toned and generally clean with the occasional spot. Leaf *1 is neatly repaired. The occasional ink and pencil note to the text. Bound without one plate.
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