The Koinē Hormasia Re-Interpreted

in Greek and Roman Musical Studies
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Abstract

The hormasia-table is preserved in a manuscript from 1040 ad. The heart or kernel of the table (two columns, each with 16 Hypolydian notes) was probably established in antiquity in order to provide a mean-tone tuning and a basic system for playing two voices on the harp (or the organ): a given melody with the right hand and a more or less schematic accompaniment with the left. In Byzantine times, the system was probably used as a stringing plan for doubly registered psalteries, both of the rectangular and the harp-like type.

The Koinē Hormasia Re-Interpreted

in Greek and Roman Musical Studies

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    Heidelberg, ub Palatinus 281, f. 173r. (1040) (cf. Pöhlmann 1970, fig. 11).
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    Oxford, Bodleian Library Ms. Marsh 521, f. 158r. (1333/34) (cf. Farmer 1976, 97).
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    Mersenne, Harmonica, part ii, 67 (1648)2.

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    Madrid, Gr. Vitr. 26-2, f. 78v. (12th century) (cf. Tsamakda 2002, fig. 192).
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    Madrid, Gr. Vitr. 26-2, f. 145r. (12th century) (cf. Tsamakda, 2002 fig. 358).
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    Athos, Batopediou 851, f. 123v. (late 12th century) (cf. Cutler, 1984 fig. 78).

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