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The use of simple geometry and the local unit of measurement in the design of Italian stringed keyboard instruments:

an aid to attribution and to organological analysis

 

Grant O'Brien

 

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Introduction

 

A virginal by Franciscus Patavinus

 

A virginal by Marcus Siculus

 

A harpsichord dated 1631 by Stefano Bolcioni

 

A virginal dated 1641 by Stefano Bolcioni

 

Further ways in which the unit of measurement was used in the design of a virginal or harpsichord

 

Limitations of the method and words of caution

 

Conclusions

 

Appendix 1 - Definitions of the Geometrical Functions

 

Appendix 2 - Italian Metrology c.1500 to 1800

 

Equivalent Measurements

 

Authors Consulted

 

Table 11 - The length of the oncia, soldo or pollice in the Italian peninsula arranged according to the length of the unit

 

Table 12 - The length of the oncia, soldo or pollice in the Italian peninsula arranged according to location

 

 

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