Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The science of musical sounds
Person:
Miller, Dayton Clarence
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit38536/9/
PREFACE 
A series of eight lectures was given at the Lowell Insti¬ 
tute in January and February, 1914, under the general title 
of “Sound Analysis.” These lectures have been rewritten 
for presentation in book form, and “The Science of Musical 
Sounds” has been chosen for the title as giving a better idea 
of the contents. They appear substantially as delivered, 
though some slight additions have been made and much ex¬ 
planatory detail regarding the experiments and illustrations 
has been omitted. The important additions relate to the 
tuning fork in Lecture II and harmonic analysis in Lecture 
IV, while two quotations are added in the concluding section 
of Lecture VIII. 
A course of scientific lectures designed for the general pub¬ 
lic must necessarily consist in large part of elementary and 
well known material, selected and arranged to develop the 
principal line of thought. It is expected that lectures under 
the auspices of the Lowell Institute, however elementary 
their foundation, will present the most recent progress of the 
science. The explanations of general principles and the ac¬ 
counts of recent researches must be brief and often incom¬ 
plete ; nevertheless it is hoped that the lectures in book form 
will furnish a useful basis for more extended study, and to 
further this end they are supplemented by references to 
sources of additional information. The references are col¬ 
lected in an appendix, citations being made by numbers in 
the text corresponding to the numbers in the appendix. 
It is further expected that such lectures will be accom¬ 
panied by experiments and illustrations to the greatest pos¬ 
sible degree; the nature and extent of this illustrative ma- 
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