On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann L. F. Helmholts
On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann L. F. Helmholts

On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann L. F. Helmholts

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On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann L. F. Helmholts ; The Second English Edition, Translated, thoroughly Revised and Corrected, rendered conformal to the Fourth (and last) German Edition of 1877, with numerous additional Notes and a New additional Appendix bringing down information to 1885, and especially adapted to the use of Music Students by Alexander J. Ellis with a new introduction (1954) by Henry Margenau

New York : Dover Publications, 1954. Hardcover. 576 pages. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


This book, reprinted more than 90 years after its first publication, is a magnum opua of one of the last great universalists of science. Figures like Helmholtz belong to a dying age in which a full synthetic view of nature was still possible, in which one man could not only unify the practice and teaching of medicine, physiology, anatomy and physics, but also relate these sciences significantly and lastingly to the fine arts.

Added to this distinction of the book is yet another, a remarkable circumstance that is unique beyond the historical greatness of the work: its continued usefulness. The Sensations of Tone is still required reading for everyone who wishes to prepare himself for work in physiological acoustics, and the musician finds in it unexhausted treasure if he wishes to understand his art.

608pp. 6 1/8 x 9y4. Unabridged edition based on the last English edition (which, in turn, was a translation of the fourth German edition of 1887, "with numerous additional notes and a new additional appendix especially adapted to the use of musical students. "). Translation by Alexander J. Ellis. New introduction and bibliography for this edition by Professor Henry Margenau, Yale University. 70 figures. Many tables and musical passages. Index.

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