Science in Context 15 (2):183-207 (2002)

Dimitri Bayuk
Financial University Under The Government of The Russian Federation
Known today mostly as an author of Romantic short stories and fairy tales for children, Prince Vladimir Odoyevskiy was a distinguished thinker of his time, philosopher and bibliophile. The scope of his interests includes also history of magic arts and alchemy, German Romanticism, Church music. An attempt to understand the peculiarity of eight specific modes used in chants of Russian Orthodox Church led him to his own musical theory based upon well-known writings by Zarlino, Leibniz, Euler, Prony. He realized his theoretical ideas in an enharmonical piano with nineteen notes for every octave. His call for a different musical scale remained largely ignored in the nineteenth century, until the topic was raised anew by twentieth-century composers and musicians.
Keywords temperament  enharmonism  Zarlino's musical scale  German philosophical Romanticism  Russian Orthodox Church  mathematical theory of music  Odoyevskiy  Lyubomudry circle  Decembrists movement  Russian Romanticism
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