Ancient Greek Music by M. L. West

By M. L. West

Historical Greece was once permeated by means of song, and the literature teems with musical allusions. right here finally is a transparent, entire, and authoritative account that presupposes no certain wisdom of track. issues coated comprise where of track in Greek existence, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, historic idea and notation, and old improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek tune are provided in glossy transcription with research, and the e-book is totally 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 as a substitute in a border sector among Afro-Asiatic and eu tradition. The ebook can be of worth either to classicists and historians of song.

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Not only communal but also individual exertions might take their tempo from the pipe. 85 It was common to have a piper in attendance while training for, or sometimes competing in, athletic events of several kinds. Many sixth- and fifth-century vase-paintings bear witness to this, most frequently in connection with the long jump or with throwing the discus or javelin. 86 Philostratus says that the purpose was to give the jumper an additional stimulus. 87 85 Fr. 118c; my Studies in Greek Elegy and lambus, 147f.

Ft. 208. 63 Pl. Euthydemus 272c, cf. Menex. 236a. 64 Dicaearchus frs. 88-9 Wehrli and other sources; see Reitzenstein (as n. 58), ch. 1; F. Wehrli, Die Schule des Aristoteles, i (Basle, 1944), 69-71. 65 Ar. Nub. , Eup. frs. 148, 398, Ephippus fr. 16, Antiphanes fr. 85; Pl. Prt. 347d, Symp. 176e, Xen. Symp. 1-3. 2-7, Hippolochus (c. 300 BC) ap. Ath. 129a, d; Reitzenstein, op. cit. 30ff. 7). In an earlier generation Sappho and her friends made music in festive privacy, with flower garlands, scented unguents, and soft couches, just as happily as any male gathering.

And Plato (Chrm. 156a) refer to their being written down for exact transmission, which underlines the overriding importance of the wording. See further L. Edelstein, Ancient Medicine (Baltimore, 1967), 235-9. < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 It is associated with the idea of purification from injurious elements. 102 Other passages suggest that this Pythagoras (who is a projection of the notions and ideals of some later Pythagoreans) owed the efficacy of his musical therapies to the judicious selection and arrangement of appropriate modes, scales, and rhythms.

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