Euler’s Writings on Music

Euler has been a prolific author. The publication of his complete writings, still incomplete, counts today about eighty volumes. His writings on music amounts to only about 500 pages, not much when compared to the rest. Here follows a list that I think complete. The numbers following a letter E refer to the Eneström index of Euler’s writings.

• Dissertatio physica de sono. Basel, E. & J. R. Thurneisen, 1727. A vew passages devoted to the musical sound. E002.

• Tentamen novae theoriae musicae ex certissimis harmoniae principiis dilucide expositae. Petropoli, Typographia Academiae Scientiarum, 1739. E033.

De vibratione chordarum exercitatio. Nova acta eruditorum, 1749, pp. 512-527. Opera Omnia, Series 2, Volume 10, pp. 50-62. E119.

• Sur la vibration des cordes. Traduit du latin. Mémoires de l’academie des sciences de Berlin 4, 1750, pp. 69-85. Opera Omnia: series 2, Volume 10, pp. 63-77. E140.

• Tentamen de sono campanarum. Novi Commentarii academiae scientiarum Petropolitanae 10, 1766, pp. 261-281. Opera Omnia: Series 2, Volume 10, pp. 360-376. E303.

• Conjecture sur la raison de quelques dissonances généralement reçues dans la musique. Mémoires de l’Académie des Sciences de Berlin, 20, 1766, pp. 165-173. Opera Omnia: Series 3, Volume 1, pp. 508-515. E314.

Du véritable caractère de la musique moderne. Mémoires de l’Académie des Sciences de Berlin 20, 1766, pp. 174-199. Opera Omnia: Series 3, Volume 1, pp. 516-539. E315.

Lettres à une princesse d’Allemagne sur divers sujets de physique et de philosophie. Saint-Petersbourg, Imprimerie de l’Académie Impériale des Sciences, 1768. Tome premier : Lettres III à VIII (20 avril – 6 mai 1760) ; tome second : Lettres CXXXIV-CXXXV (6 juin 1761). E343-344.
Lettres III, Du son et de sa vitesse; IV, Des consonances et des dissonances; V, De l’unisson et des octaves; VI, Des autres consonances; VII, Des douze tons du clavecin; VIII, Sur les agrémens d’une belle musique; CXXXIV-CXXXV, Réflexions sur l’analogie entre les couleurs & les sons.

De harmoniae veris principiis per speculum musicum repraesentatis, Novi Commentarii academiae scientiarum Petropolitanae 18, 1774, pp. 330-353. Opera Omnia: Series 3, Volume 1, pp. 568-587. E457.

NM

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