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05.04.2011, 04:14

dulce melos

The dulce melos is one of instruments the least known in the family of the cymbalo and the dulcimer. It is of him whose most former tracks we have the @, from the xve century. However, the literature dealing with the dulce melos is thin, he(it) reached us only some papers previous to the xxe century and only some contemporary instrumental dictionaries dedicate him(her) an entrance(entry).

The term melos dulce comes from the Latin and from former(ancient) Greek. The term dulce is in fact the neutral shape of the word dulcis who means soft. The word melos means in Greek the word sound, song. Thus the term melos dulce can be translated by " its soft ". Here, we thus have a name of instrument which refers to a hearing impression(printing). It is besides this term which is at the origin of the English word dulcimer used(employed) to indicate(appoint) an instrument of the family of the dulcimer on the British islands and in North America. This word is also the translation of the term dulcimer.

« This instrument, and even the following one can be called melos dulce, although we can it play in the style of a clavichord. [] the distances between these last three easels will be respectively the double(copy) one of the other one, so that the second easel will be in the point of the fourth division, and the third easel to the point of the sixth division, and the fourth easel exactly to the point of the seventh division, and this by dividing the total length of the instrument into 7 equal parts(parties). [] there should be 12 pairs of ropes. »