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Nouvelle Découverte Du Principe De L'Harmonie, Avec un Examen de ce que M. Rameau a publié sous le titre de Demonstration de ce principe. Bound with 4 other important 18th century treatises
Paris: Sebastien Jorry. 1752. 1f. (title), [iii]-xvi (introduction), 54, 2ff. ("Approbation," "Privilege du Roy") pp. Title with publisher's woodcut device of two storks with snake. With occasional decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Occasional light foxing, staining, and signs of use. A clean, wide-margined copy overall. The second edition, published a year after the first. Rare. Gregory-Bartlett I, p. 84. RISM BVI p. 296 (only 2 copies in the U.S., one in Great Britain). Not in Cortot, Wolffheim, or Hirsch. "[Esteve] was a member of the Societe Royale des Sciences et des Arts de Montpellier, and contributed early studies in mathematics, astronomy and physics. Shortly after the middle of the century he moved to Paris, where he participated in proceedings of the Academie Royale des Sciences. There he took issue with some of Rameau's ideas, questioning the validity of a theory based on the physical properties of sound without adequate consideration for elements that contribute to the quality of that sound and to its impact on the sensibility of the listener. He favoured a theory based on melodic rather than on harmonic principles, and argued for a 1/4- comma mean-tone tuning system as ideally suited to music of the time." Albert Cohen in Grove Music Online. Bound with: Aubert, Jean Louis 1731- 1814]. Réfutation suivie et détaillée des principes de M. Rousseau de Genève, Touchant la Musique Françoise. Adressée a lui-même, en Réponse à Sa Lettre. Le prix est de 24. f. Paris: Chaubert; Chez Hochereau, 1754. 1f. (title), iii-vi ("Avant-Propos"), 98, 2ff. (Approbation, Privilége du Roi) pp. With occasional decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Slightly browned. First Edition. Very scarce. RISM BVI p. 101. Cortot pp. 36-37. Gregory-Bartlett, p. 19. Aubert was a writer, dramatist, and abbé. "He may have composed some of the music to his own plays..., but he is remembered more for his essays on music, the most famous being his reply to J.-J. Rousseau?'s controversial Lettre sur la musique françoise. In his Refutation... (taking up arms in the Querelle des Bouffons) Aubert met Rousseau on his own ground and, in language often sarcastic and witty, stressed the genius of French composers such as Rameau, Leclair and Mondonville." Elizabeth Keitel and Marc Signorile in Grove Music Online. Bound with: Bâton, Charles le jeune Early 18th century-after 1754. Examen de la lettre de M. Rousseau, sur la musique françoise. Dans lequel on expose le plan d'une bonne Musique propre à notre langue... Seconde Édition, Augmentée. [Paris]: 1754. 1f. (title), 1f. ("Avertissement"), 43, [i] (blank) pp. Minor stains to upper edge. Second edition. Very scarce. RISM BVI p. 123. Not in Cortot, Gregory- Bartlett, or Wolffheim. Bâton was a French composer and virtuoso on the hurdy-gurdy. "In 1753 Bâton entered the Querelle des Bouffons with a pamphlet Examen de la ?'Lettre de M. Rousseau... In his pamphlet Bâton agreed with Rousseau that the Italian language had advantages over the French for lyric poetry and singability, but disagreed that French music was largely worthless and strongly refuted Rousseau's notion that fugues, counterpoint and complex harmony were (in Rousseau's term) ?'une sottise?'. Perhaps because the pamphlet was so well written, another disputant accused Diderot of having written it and Bâton of merely having posed as its author, but there is no evidence of that." Neal Zaslaw and Robert A. Green in Grove Music Online. Bound with: Gallimard, Jean Edme 1685- 1771]. Arithmetique des musiciens, ou Essai... Paris: September 1754. [i] (title), [i] ("Approbation"), 30 pp. With occasional decorative woodcut headpiece and initial to first page; numerous mathematical diagrams. Slightly trimmed; Occasional light foxing. First Edition. Very scarce. RISM BVI p. 346. Cortot p. 84. Bound with: Gallimard. La Theorie des sons applicables a la musique, Où l'on démontre dans une exacte précision les Rapports de tous les Intervales diatoniques, & chromatiques de la Gamme... Paris: Ballard; Bauche; Saugrain fils; l'Auteur, 1754. 1f. (title), 14, 1f. (blank), 1f. (author's advertisement, excerpt from the Registres de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, dated June and July 1754) pp. First Edition. Very scarce. RISM BVI, p. 346. Not in Cortot, Gregory-Bartlett, Wolfheim, or Hirsch. Octavo. Full brown mottled calf with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled endpapers. With "Armand Pushman" (most likely the son of Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), the noted American artist of Armenian background) and a works list in a twentieth-century hand to front free endpaper. Binding slightly worn. . A rare and very attractive compilation of five notable treatises (most in first edition) composed in the heat of the infamous Querelle des Bouffons, a musical and literary dispute waged in Paris between 1752 and 1754 over the respective merits of French and Italian opera. The treatises by Gallimard were among the first to implement Rameau's ideas about fundamental bass, and offer a rare glimpse into 18th-century teachings relating to mathematics and music.
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