So What - So What? So after experimenting with plucked...

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So What? So after experimenting with plucked strings the Pythagoreans discovered that the intervals that pleased people's ears were octave 1 : 2 fifth 2 : 3 fourth 3 : 4 and we can add the two Greek composite consonances, not mentioned before . . . octave plus fifth 1 : 2 : 3 double octave 1 : 2 : 4 Now bear in mind that we're dealing with people that were so nuts about numbers that they made up little stories about them and arranged pebbles to make little pictures of them. Then they discovered that all the musical intervals they felt was beautiful, these five sets of ratios, were all contained in the simple numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and that these were the very numbers in their beloved sacred tetractys that added up to the number of fingers. They must have felt they had discovered some basic laws of the universe. Quoting Aristotle again . .. "[the Pythagoreans] saw that the . .. ratios of musical scales were expressible in numbers [and that] . . all things seemed to be modeled on numbers, and numbers seemed to be the first things in the whole of nature, they
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