North, Roger, English lawyer and writer on music; b. probably in Tostock, Suffolk, c. 1651; d. Rougham, March 1, 1734. He was a member of Parliament, and served as Queen’s Attorney General under James II until the Revolution of 1688. His writings were not publ. during his lifetime and have only recently been recognized as significant contributions to music. See J. Wilson, ed., Roger North on Music: Being a Selection from His Essays Written during the Years c. 1695–1728 (London, 1959), M. Chan and J. Kassler, eds., Roger North’s Cursory Notes of Musicke (c. 1698-c. 1703): A Physical, Psychological and Critical Theory (Kensington, N.S.W., 1986), idem and J. Hine, Roger North’s Writings on Music to c. 1703: A Set of Analytical Indexes (Kensington, N.S.W., 1986), and idem, Roger North’s The Musical Grammarian and Theory of Sounds (Kensington, N.S.W., 1988).
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