Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek music, the interval formed by adding together two major tones; a Pythagorean major third, having the ratio 81:64, which is a comma greater than a true major third. The use of this tuning of the major third until about the twelfth century prevented its recognition till that time as a consonance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) The Greek major third, which comprehend two major tones (the modern major third contains one major and one minor whole tone).
“A group of two or three syllabic concretes is called a = phrase of melody =; and as phrases vary with respect to pitch, in the order of succession of the radicals of their constituent syllables, they receive different names: such as the _monotone_, in which the radicals are all on the same pitch; and the _ditone_ and the _tritone_, groups of two tones and three tones respectively, with radicals of different pitch; and, again, the concretes in these phrases may have upward or downward intonations: but fixed rules cannot be laid down for their use.”
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