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170 T HE T h'I R-D P A R T1
flati ob'eruatcri dei buoni precetti, Nor ought wee to haue any regard though others haue
done the contrary, rather vpon a prefumption then any reafon which they haue
had to doe fo, as wee may fee in their compofitions: although wee ought not
to imitate them, who doe without any fhame goe against the good rules and
precepts of an Art and a Science, without giuing any reafon for their doings:
but wee ought to imitate thofe who haue beene obferuers of thofe precepts,
ioine vs to them, and embrace them as good Maifters, euer leauing the bad
and taking the good: and this I fay, becaufe that euen as a picture painted
with diuers colours doth more delight the eye to beholde it, then if it were
done with but one colour alone: fo the care is more delighted, and taketh more
pleafure of the confonants by the diligent Mufician placed in his compofitions
with varietie, then of the simple concords put together without any varietie at
all. This much Zarlino: yet doe not I fpeake this nor feeke this opinion of his,
for derogation from Croce or any of thole excellent men, but with as they take
*great pains to compote, fo they will not thinke much to take a little to correct:
and though fome of them doe boldly take thofe tifts and eights, yet fhaH you
hardly finde either in Matfer Alfonfo (except in that place which I cited to you
before) Orlando, Striggio, Clemens non paa, or any before them, nor hall you
readily finde it in the workes ofanie of thofe famous Englifh-men, who haue
beene nothing inferiour in Art to any of the afore named, as Farefax, 7Tauerner,
Shepherde, Mundy, White, Perfons, h. Birde, and diuers others, who neuer
thought it greater facriledge to fpurne againft the Image of a Saint, then to
take two perfeEt cordes of one kinde together; but if you chance to finde any
fuch thing in their workes, you may bee bolde to impute it to the ouerfight of
the copyers: for, copies paffing from hand to hand, a fmall ouerfight committed
by the firfl Writer, by the fecond will be made worfe, which will glue
occafion to the third to alter much both in the words and notes, according as
hall feeme beft to his owne iudgement, though (God knowes) it will be farre
enough from the meaning of the Author: fo that errors paffing from hand to
hand in written copies, be easily augmented: but for fuch of their works as be
in print, I dare bee bolde to affirme that in them no fuch thing is to be found.
Phi. You haue giuen vs a good caueat how to behaue our felues in perusing
the works of other men, and likewife you haue giuen vs a good obferuation for
comming into a vnifon, therefore now goe forward with the reft of the faults
of my leffon.
Ma. The fecond fault which I dislike in it, is in the latter end of the fift bar
and beginning of the next, where you ftand in eights; for the counter is an
eight to the bafe, and the tenor an eight to the trebble, which fault is committed
by leauing out the tenth, but if you had caufed the counter to rife in thirds
with the trebble, it had beene good thus: The third
fault of your leftn is in the laft note of your tcuenth bar, comming from Bfa b
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Morley, Thomas, 1557-1603?. Plain and easy introduction to practical music, book, 1771; London. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc86/m1/184/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.