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DIAPASON (Gr. &a raccov, through all)

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 166 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DIAPASON (Gr. &a raccov, through all), a term in music, originally for an interval of an octave. The Greek is an abbreviation of it &a ravWV Xopbav ovĀµikovia, a consonance through all the tones of the scale. In this sense it is only used now, loosely, for the compass of an instrument or voice, or for a harmonious melody. The name is given to the two foundation stops of an organ, the open and the stopped diapason (see ORGAN), and to a standard of musical pitch, as in the French diapason normal (see PITCH, MUSICAL).
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