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VMs: RE: Voynichese as musical notation 2

Zipf has  a study of a bassoon concerto by Motzart in a book entitled "Human behavior and the principle of least effort", 1949. Found the citation in Moles' book "Information theory and Esthetic perception", 1968.  According to Zipf's title, I have not pursued it further. :-)
Don Latham
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Subject: VMs: Voynichese as musical notation 2

Dear list,
As being a professional classical musician myself ,I indeed too once had the idea that Voynichese had something to do with music,
I came to that because Kircher was involved with (or even the inventor of I believe) the "automatic water-powered organs " in the
Italian renaissance.
Maybe Marci involved Kircher because he thought it had something to do with these organs.(or that they were "invented" already before).
I remember I was quite enthousiastic about the musicidea that day.
First there was this text on the site mentioned above:
The main part of the instrument has the form of a grotto, in which Pan the satyr plays his flute, accompanied by the cuckoo's call and the rooster's crow.

In addition, there is a smaller organ with an effigy of a nymph, known in the Greek mythology as Echo.

Hear how he satyr plays a simple theme on his flute, and how the nymph responds with her echo.
Well, No Pan in the VMS as far as I can see but the birds are there and the nymphs ofcourse and a lot of echo...or repetition.And a lot of organpipes too.
Second;It's all about water and air in these organs that should be visialized in the VMS as the stripes
or lines coming out of the tubes as being water and the dots as being air .Counting the groups of nymphs  could have to do something with tones,voicings or gathered tones.
The water in the organ was goin' from one basin to the others wich could explain the tubes or even the holes in them.And the wheelwork as showed needed in the organ or paddles have similarity with f.i 79v above the nymph with the cross .
Third;The gallows could function as keys,representing a modus or as director wich hexachord to be used in solfeggio.
hmm, hope I don't go to technical here;In modern musicnotation notes can't be affected by former ones but in these antique notations it can, so f.i. the VMS EVA "89" could be infected by the combination of groups in front of it.
At that time btw, modern musicnotation was just invented and every country or cultural centre had it's own one or was still using older ones.Many different techniques were used before an International standard could arise.
And last but not least;The stars used on the plain text pages on the leftside.Something one can find also in books of chants or recitation so it was easy to remember where to look for the next one.Maybe Voynichese is text and music together....even mingled...there's lots of repetition in music,so..
As I said, I skipped the musicidea long ago , but maybe I have to dive into it again now knowing Ethel V also was a musician....also because I have the feeling these days the VMS isn't that old at all! :-)