Ancient Greek Music by M. L. West

Ancient Greek Music by M. L. West

By M. L. West

Old Greece used to be permeated by means of song, and the literature teems with musical allusions. the following ultimately is a transparent, complete, and authoritative account that presupposes no detailed wisdom of tune. issues lined comprise where of track in Greek lifestyles, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic development, shape, historical idea and notation, and historic improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek song are provided in smooth transcription with research, and the booklet is absolutely illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek track is right here additional illuminated via being thought of in ethnological standpoint, and a quick Epilogue units it instead in a border quarter among Afro-Asiatic and eu tradition. The publication should be of worth either to classicists and historians of tune.

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164, 224, Mart. Cap. 9. 923. Cf. P1. Ti. 47 d. Xenocrates ap. Mart. Cap. 9. 926, Chamaeleon fr. 6 Giordano, Aristox. fr. 6; E. R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley and LA, 1951), 80. 91 Diogenes of Seleucia, SVF iii. 227. 19 (Philod. Mus. 4 pp. 48f. Neubecker). Perhaps the reference is to Parrhasius, who is reported to have sung while painting (Theophr. fr. 79 W. with Ael. VH 9. 11). < previous page page_31 next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 as a means of countering physical ills.

5 Giordano). < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 regularly at a particular house, or travelled from one community to another in search of patronage. Later there were the citharodes and auletes who performed at festivals and competed for prizes there. We cannot tell how many of them depended on their art for a livelihood, but they certainly developed a more than ordinary skill, and from time to time they introduced refinements in the construction of their instruments or in the techniques of playing them.

Cit. 22-35; Parke, op. cit 33-50. < previous page page_20 next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 anapaestic, which is typical of marches. They were accompanied by an aulete, but they also carried lyres and swept across the strings with their plectrums. Following a parade of riders on horses with richly ornamented trappings, further massed choirs of young men appeared and sang songs by older Spartan poets, accompanied on the aulos, while at the same time dancers performed the appropriate traditional movements.

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