The Work of Kathleen
Schlesinger and Elsie Hamilton
Kathleen Schlesinger was a musicologist, the author
of "The Greek Aulos" (Methuen 1939) now out of print,
where she analyses the tuning systems used in Greece
and other ancient and indigenous cultures to deduce
a system known as the Harmoniai. This method of tuning
was used by her friend, the composer Elsie Hamilton
in her music. Here we present reprints of some rare
articles by Schlesinger and Hamilton.
Note. Despite extensive research, we have been unable
to track down the copyright holders of these pieces.
They are presented here as the important documents
they are in the recent history of just intonation.
Please contact us if you have any information relating
to the ownership of these pieces.
Modes of Ancient Greece by Elsie Hamilton. A booklet
written by Elsie Hamilton that explains her use of
the modes of the Harmoniai. pdf
New Language of Music by Thea Stanley Hughes from
the Australian magazine Movement, June 1948. A review
of The Greek Aulos by Kathleen Schlesinger including
biographical and anecdotal material on Schlesinger
III from The Greek Aulos by Kathleen Schlesinger
(1939) where she talks about the modern use of the
Harmoniai and the works of Elsie Hamilton. pdf
of the Tetrachord: A Prolegomon to the Construction
of Musical Scales by John Chalmers. (Published by
Frog Peak Music. 1993). A book on the application
of Ancient Greek musical concepts to contemporary
composition. Thanks to John Chalmers for permission
to reprint Chapter 8 of his book which deals specifically
with Schlesinger's Harmoniai.
If you want to read the whole book it is no longer
in print but the full text is online here:
Sensa, a play in three
acts written by Mabel Collins and Maud Hoffman with
music by Elsie Hamilton. Three performances took place
in the Etlinger Hall London in 1919. The only part
of the music that remains is the Hymn
to Ra, a setting of the text: "Hail! All hail!
Thou who art Ra! When thou riseth, thou riseth! Thou
shinest! Thou shinest! Thou who art crowned King of
the Gods!" Here we include here the full script of
für Stimme und alto Leier (for voice and alto
lyre) Words and music by Willy Roelvinck. Sun scale.
Scores of pieces by other composers
Friedrich Doldinger. (1897-1973) A priest of Freiburg
im Breisgau, Germany (near Basel, Switzerland). He
invited Elsie Hamilton to Germany in 1954/55 where
she gave talks and demonstrated the scales. He translated
Hamilton’s booklet into German and also wrote music
in the scales. More information on his life (in German)