Ancient Greek Music (Clarendon Paperbacks) by M. L. West

By M. L. West

Historic Greece used to be permeated by way of track, and the literature teems with musical allusions. the following finally is a transparent, entire, and authoritative account that presupposes no certain wisdom of song. issues coated comprise where of tune in Greek existence, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic development, shape, historical concept and notation, and ancient improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek tune are offered in smooth transcription with research, and the ebook is totally illustrated. in addition to being thought of by itself phrases, Greek tune is the following additional illuminated via being thought of in ethnological viewpoint, and a short Epilogue units it as a substitute in a border quarter among Afro-Asiatic and ecu tradition. The booklet should be of worth either to classicists and historians of track.

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164. 104 Aristid. Quint. 2. 19 p. 91. 28, Iambl. 111. But Ath. 184e says many Pythagoreans practised the art of piping, including Euphranor, Archytas, and Philolaus, the first two of whom even wrote books about it. Aristoxenus (fr. 95) looked down on pipes and panpipes as being too easy to learn. 105 M. L. West, The Orphic Poems (Oxford, 1983), 29-32. 106Kataulein, Eur. HF 871, P1. Reap. 411 a, Leg. 790e. Piping and dancing in cures for madness: ibid. 791a. 107 Theophr. frs. -Democr. 7. On some modern studies of physiological responses to music see Merriam, 111-14.

28). , 192-4 (list of vases) and pl. 5a; H. A. Harris, Greek Athletes and Athletics (London, 1964), 81, 84, and pl. 7, 12b; J. Jüthner, Philostratos über Gymnastik (Leipzig and Berlin, 1909), 301, and Die athletischen Leibesübungen der Griechen, ii(1) (Sitz. Wien 249. 2, 1968), 163 Abb. 36, 174 Abb. 48, 220, 341, and pl. 46a, 52, 55b, 60, 90, 94b. < previous page page_30 next page > < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 Music's potency The Greeks were familiar with the idea that music can alter the disposition of those who hear it.

17-19; 23. 133-47. 53Od. 8. 250-369; see J. B. Hainsworth's notes on 254 and 256-384 in A. Heubeck and others, A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey, i (Oxford, 1988), 362. 54Il. 10. 13. 55 The gods too are imagined as diverting themselves with music in their more carefree moments on Olympus. 56 Much of the elegiac and lyric poetry of the seventh, sixth, and fifth centuries was composed to be sung at the symposium, the post-prandial drinking-party at which, in aristocratic circles, the men of the house relaxed with their friends.

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