Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Musurgia Universalis (Rome, 1650) : the section on musical instruments

The task of translating the  section on musical instruments  from Musurgia universalis was undertaken in the hope that  it would provide  a useful addition to the  readily available  original sources  on the history of instruments.  It should be  pointed out,  however,  that its usefulness  is limited by several factors:  the relatively large amount  of speculation and  insignificant material,  the  author’s extensive borrowing from other writers  on the  subject,  and his  general  lack of reliability.  It must be stressed that Kircher must be  read with great caution,  and his  statements compared,  when possible,  with other sources.  I have  pointed out many inaccuracies,  but  it was  not possible  to  call attention to  every doubtful ...

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