‘Prescience bordering on clairvoyance’ - Letters to the editor: April 2023

[letter 2] Shakhovskaya, photo by Igor Grossmann

A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: April 2023 issue

To be exact

With regard to Simone Zopf’s article on Cremonese measurements (‘For good measure’, March 2023) I would like to point out that Francesco Galeazzi’s Elementi di Musica was published in Rome in two volumes – 1791 and 1796; the second edition was published in Ascoli in 1817. Galeazzi’s compatriot, Count Cozio di Salabue, was contemporaneously writing many of his descriptions of string instruments, and, for their measurements, was repeatedly citing ‘the Parisian Foot of the King’ as his reference length. This length was defined by the French government in 1799 as 9,000mm divided by 27.706 = 324.84mm, and this length was divided into twelve pouces (pollici in Italian) of 27.07mm…

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