This one goes out to all the scholars and historians.
I'm trying to put together a little booklet, for my students, to explain the accidental markings (sharp, flat etc) and where they come from. My research has led me into some fascinating areas, where I've learned about "B molle", "B durum", the B - A - C - H progression and so on.
Whilst I was happily flitting around the internet, reading more and more about the history of these signs, I came upon a beautiful quote (which I'm 90% sure I saw on Wikipedia but I couldn't actually swear to that), and I thought, "That quote is beautiful. It describes perfectly the harshness of the B-natural in the hexachord of F, and clearly gives the reason why the B had to be flattened when singing in that hexachord. I'll definitely include that quote in my booklet."
Anyway... guess what. I didn't bookmark the page, and I've lost it. I've lost the page and I've lost that beautiful quote. I could kick myself; in fact, I have done.
I've tried re-tracing my steps through my browsing history; nope, nothing coming up - I'm just going round in circles coming back to the same websites again and again, none of which are revealing this lovely quote to me.
There's one thing I can clearly remember about the quote; the author described the 'B durum' in the F hexachord as being "harshe". (And yes, I've Googled that spelling of the word; not a lot of any use comes up). The quote was along the lines of "B durum must surely be avoided in the F hexachord; it sounds but harshe and unrepentante", or something along those lines. I thought it might be attributed to Denis Lewts or Guido D'Arezzo, but I can't find anything through Google searches on those two guys.
I'm pretty sure it was on Wikipedia, but I'm perfectly prepared to be wrong about that. And I've searched for "harshe" on Wikipedia but nothing presents itself. It's annoying to me that I stumbled across this lovely quote so easily when I was doing my initial research, but now I want to find it again it's hidden and obscured and I can't get back to it. I'm beginning to think I dreamt it!
I'll be bookmarking every single page of even trivial interest to me hereon. My lesson has been well and truly learnt!
I'm just asking if anyone can help me in re-tracing this quote. Does it ring any bells? Were you the person that typed it up for inclusion on the internet?
Can anyone help? Please?