Harvey Burgett commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
"Tyler, Raymond, Kristofer and Spiros,Thanks to your help in focussing my thoughts, I have arrived at an answer. "A" is the third partial. I will write more fully in the coming days on my blog, harveyburgett.blogspot.com Ciao for now!
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Jun 16, 2013
Harvey Burgett commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
"Welcome, Spiros!  
Thank you for joining the discussion and for noting the parentheses surrounding the A.  For the purposes of our thinking, it is not the pitch, but the evolution of the function of what we call "A" that I am musing over.  
(For a…"
Jun 14, 2013
Spiros Makris commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
"The notes were never standard. There is not standard "A". there have to be at least 4-5 different "A"s used right now in concerts all over the world (ie, 440Hz, 423Hz and so on). So it is impossible to trace a certain "A" back in history.
Logic…"
Jun 13, 2013
Tyler Hughes commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
"If you want more information you can read some of the things I had to read for my history of music theory class:
http://courses.ttu.edu/musictheory/MUTH5320-H.O.T.I/Readings/Histor...

When looking for the history of the origins of music theory and…"
Jun 9, 2013
Harvey Burgett commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
"Thanks, Raymond and Tyler.  
Tyler, I wish I had had you for my professor in Music History.  Your explanation of the evolution of the scale is very succinct.  But my question attempts to lead us deeper -- not why the lowest note in the time of…"
Jun 8, 2013
Tyler Hughes commented on Harvey Burgett's blog post "A" not-as-easy-to-answer-as-it-may-seem question
" The 6th century philosopher Boethius is known to have used the first fifteen letters of the alphabet to signify the notes of the two-octave range that was in use at the time. Though it is not known whether this was his devising or common usage at…"
Jun 7, 2013

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  •  The 6th century philosopher Boethius is known to have used the first fifteen letters of the alphabet to signify the notes of the two-octave range that was in use at the time. Though it is not known whether this was his devising or common usage at the time, this is nonetheless called Boethian notation.

    Following this, the system of repeating letters A-G in each octave was introduced, these being written as lower case for the second octave (a-g) and double lowercase letters for the third (aa-gg). When the compass of used notes was extended down by one note, to a G, it was given the Greek G (Γ), gamma. (It is from this that the French word for scale, gammeis derived, and the English word gamut, from "Gamma-Ut", the lowest note in Medieval music notation.)

    The remaining five notes of the chromatic scale (the black keys on a piano keyboard) were added gradually; the first being B, which was flattened in certain modes to avoid the dissonant tritone interval. This change was not always shown in notation, but when written, B♭ (B-flat) was written as a Latin, round "b", and B♮ (B-natural) a Gothic or "hard-edged" b. These evolved into the modern flat and natural symbols respectively. The sharp symbol arose from a barred b, called the "cancelled b".

    In parts of Europe, including Germany, the Czech RepublicPolandHungaryNorway and Finland, the natural symbol transformed into the letter H (possibly for hart, German forhard): in German music notation, H is B♮ (B-natural) and B is B♭ (B-flat). Occasionally, music written in German for international use will use H for B-natural and Bb for B-flat (with a modern-script lowercase b instead of a flat sign). Since a Bes or B♭ in Northern Europe (i.e. a B elsewhere) is both rare and unorthodox (more likely to be expressed as Heses), it is generally clear what this notation means.

    In Italian, Portuguese, Greek, French, Russian, Mongolian, Flemish, Romanian, Spanish, Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, Bulgarian and Turkish notation the notes of scales are given in terms of Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si rather than C-D-E-F-G-A-B. These names follow the original names reputedly given by Guido d'Arezzo, who had taken them from the first syllables of the first six musical phrases of a Gregorian Chant melody Ut queant laxis, which began on the appropriate scale degrees. These became the basis of the solfege system. "Do" later replaced the original "Ut" for ease of singing (most likely from the beginning of Dominus, Lord), though "Ut" is still used in some places. "Si" or "Ti" was added as the seventh degree (from Sancte Johannes, St. John, to whom the hymn is dedicated). The use of 'Si' versus 'Ti' varies regionally.

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