Saturday, November 27, 2004

Harmony, Rise of the intervals of the third and the sixth

Until the late 14th century the attitude toward consonance, especially among continental composers, adhered largely to the Pythagorean ideal, which accepted as consonances only intervals expressible in the simplest numerical ratios - fourths, fifths, and octaves. But in England the interval of the third (as from C to E) had been in common use for some time, although it