Diagram archive
GID: 2_4
Designation: Descartes: Consonance circle
Description: Descartes is the first to use the circle in combination with a logarithmic representation of pitch and interval size so that a full rotation by 360 degrees corresponds to an octave. The consonance circles of the extant manuscript copies are compared with the early prints of the Compendium Musicae (1650 lat, 1653 en, 1656 lat, 1668 fr).

GID: 1_99
Year: 1653
Description: When Descartes's Compendium musicae was published in an English translation in 1653, the diagrams were printed in a badly distorted form. The editor or printer represented not Descartes's logarithmic scale of pitches but the positions of frets on a musical string, with the whole circle corresponding to the difference between the open string and the octave fret half way along the string.


GID: 1_103
Year: 1653
Description: 1653_descartes_compendium_en_070_animadv_consonanceCircle.jpg


GID: 1_109
Year: 1668
Description: 1668_descartes_buzon_2012_078.jpg


GID: 1_153
Year: 1635
Description: 1635_Descartes_Compendium_Musicae__Leiden_MS_copy__Consonance_Circle.jpg


GID: 1_158
Year: 1640
Description: 1640_Descartes_Compendium_Musicae__Groningen_MS_copy__Consonance_Circle.jpg


GID: 1_165
Year: 1656
Description: descartes_1656_ConsonanceCircle_brockt_1978_20.jpg


GID: 1_82
Year: 1628
Description: 1628_beeckman 166v-167r_detail_ConsonanceCircle.jpg




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