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44          key-treatment; instrumental aspect.
(Chapter IX.)
a): A musical-sound (or note) consists of a series of concus­sions, equally timed and of equal strength, recurring at a suf­ficiently great speed to render it impossible for us to recognise the separate impacts delivered upon our ear, which consequently blurs them into a continuous sense-effect.
b) : Pitch, is the term used to designate the difference between a high and a low speed in the repetitions of the ear-impacts,— forming the difference between a high and low sound.
c) : The pitch of a note depends solely upon the frequency with which the air is disturbed or beaten in a given time.
d) : The Amount of Tone depends on the Intensity of such dis­turbance.
e) : Most notes are built up of a fundamental strong series of ear-impacts, accompanied by divers quicker and weaker impacts, termed Harmonics.
f) : Divergence in the Character, Timbre, or Quality of the tone, arises from the difference in the combination and strength of the harmonics heard with the fundamental sound.
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