Supplementary Remarks and Diagrams on the Errors in the MinorScales as developed by Evolution in "Tones and Colours."
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works."—P
. cxlv. 17. (P
. xix. I-4.)
preparing for a Supplement to "Tones and Colours," several musicianshave carefully investigated the work. I transcribe a copy of Dr. ChalmersMasters' opinion, as he had previously studied colours:—
"I esteem myself fortunate in being introduced to you, and becoming acquainted withyour beautiful work on 'Tones and Colours.' I have, to the best of my ability, worked outyour idea, by writing down in music the various discords in use amongst musicians, and resolvingthem according to the laws of Harmony, and I find in all cases the perfect triad agrees with whatyou term the trinities in colours. The way in which you find the whole circle of Major andMinor keys by pairs in colours is deeply interesting, and
be true. The only point of divergence between your system and that recognised by
musicians is the
MinorScale. No musically trained ear can tolerate the seventh note being a whole tone from theeighth. The Minor second in the lower octave descending is very beautiful, and it is strangehow all composers feel a desire to use it. To mention one case out of hundreds, I may citeRossini's well-known air, 'La Danza.'"Yours faithfully,"W. CHALMERS MASTERS."
I was aware that my explanation of the Minor Scales was erroneous. I nowsee the beautiful Scriptural type which shows how they develope, rising or falling inperfect harmony. I hope to explain this clearly, and I think that any who havedoubted my having gained these laws from the Scriptures will then see theirmistake.I had also hoped to write a very brief outline of a few of the innumerableScriptural types which have guided me in the development of Tones and Colours;but my sight suddenly failed for reading and writing; and I only allude to theseven spirits of God (Rev. iii. I) as regards tones and colours, and to the twelvefruits of the Tree of Life (Rev. xxii. 2) as regards the twelve notes of keyedinstruments.The Minor Scales are the type of Creation developing, when no Sabbath(or Rest) was required; and we now see this re-echoed throughout the world aroundus, nothing resting on the Sabbath. A Minor Scale, therefore, cannot sound the