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Loulié, Etienne

Loulié, Etienne

Loulié, Etienne, French writer on music and inventor; b. probably in Paris, c. 1655; d. there, c. 1707. He was a chorister at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris (c. 1663–73). Thanks to the patronage of Mlle, de Guise, he was able to study with Gehenault and Ouvrard. He invented the chronomètre, the precursor of the metronome, and the sonomètre, a monochord to aid in tuning.

Writings

Eléments ou principes de musique dans un nouvel ordre...avec l’estampe et l’usage du chronomètre (Paris, 1696; second ed., 1698; Eng. tr., 1965); Abrégé des principes de musique (Paris, 1696); Nouveau sistème de musique ou nouvelle division du monocor de...avec la description et l’usage du Sonomètre (Paris, 1698).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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