21 March 2008

Musikalische Würfelspiele

During the latter half of the 18th century and the earlier half of the 19th century some copies of musical games called "Musikalische Würfelspiele" were published in many cities all over Europe. All the publishers stated that an infinite number of compositions could be written by any amateur, even if he were not familiar with the techniques or rules of composing. The tools recommended to select the musical figures were either one to three dice pieces or tops with six or nine faces in assistance with numeral tables. Some of the methods required the players to select the bars directly from the staves, where no tables were given.
-Hideo Noguchi

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