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Chapter XXXII

. . . If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country it’s music. This is the favorite passion of my soul, & fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to giovanni fabbroni, june 8, 1778.
. . . Music is invaluable where a person has an ear. where they have not, it should not be attempted . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to nathaniel burwell, march 14, 1818.
Holden’s essay towards a rational system of music.
1815 Catalogue, page 133, no. 7, as above, but adding 8vo.
An Essay towards a Rational System of Music. By John Holden . . . Entered in Stationers-Hall. Glasgow: printed for the Author. London: Sold by R. Baldwin, mdcclxx . [Price 7s 6d. half bound.] [1770.]
MT50 .A2 H726
First Edition. Sm. oblong 4to. 78 leaves of text, 12 plates with musical notation engraved on 1 side only, text printed in double columns.
Grove IV, 381.
Fétis V, 188.
Allibone I, 863.
Rebound in half morocco by the Library of Congress. This book has no mark of Jefferson provenance, but he marked his music books very little if at all, and in view of the fact that all he sold to Congress in 1815 are still extant, and that only this one and the Chart of William Jackson described below cannot be proved to be his, it seems very probable that both these books are from his library.
John Holden, fl. 1770, Scots musician, was professor of music at the University of Glasgow. This work, of which the first part deals with the Rudiments of Practical Music, and the second with the Theory of Music, was dedicated by the author to William Duke of Montrose, the Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and other members of the Faculty, and was reprinted in Edinburgh in 1807 in octavo.
Jackson’s scheme of sounds with the preliminary discourse.
1815 Catalogue, page 133, no. 1, Jackson’s Scheme of Sounds, with a preliminary Discourse, a sheet.
JACKSON, William.
A Scheme demonstrating the Perfection and Harmony of Sounds Wherein is discover’d the true Coincidence of Tones into Diapasons and where all Musical Intervals unite and Incorporate to the minutest part & their exact Proportions agreeable to the Proportions of Numbers[.] Likewise the Exact Difference betwixt greater and lesser Intervals and how they are Compounded together in Musical Concordance. As also Where greater and lesser Tones and Semi-Tones take place in the Diatonick Scale and how greater & lesser Semi-Tones arise in the Chromatick
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