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Friederich Erhardt Niedt. The Musical Guide: Parts 1 (1700/10), 2 (1721), and 3 (1717).;

Susan P. Snook-Luther. The Musical Dilettante: A Treatise on Composition by J. F. Daube.

Christensen, Thomas

Ever so slowly, English-speaking musicologists are bringing to light important documents of eighteenth-century musical thought in scholarly, annotated translations. Still, when we consider how long the vast corpus of ancient writings on music theory have enjoyed the attention of scholars (Meibom's "edition" of Greek theory treatises was published, it will be recalled, in 1652), the paucity of editions for more modern writings might seem perplexing. This is especially so for eighteenth-century music-theoretica treatises, given that the music contemporaneous with them is among the most widely performed and analyzed today. Until only recently, though, just a handful of the most important theoretical documents of eighteenth century music theory was available in published English translations. Of course there are obvious explanations that can be offered.



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