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

By M. L. West

Historical Greece used to be permeated through tune, and the literature teems with musical allusions. the following eventually is a transparent, complete, and authoritative account that presupposes no certain wisdom of song. themes lined comprise where of track in Greek lifestyles, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, historical conception and notation, and old improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek song are provided in sleek transcription with research, and the booklet is absolutely illustrated. in addition to being thought of by itself phrases, Greek song is right here additional illuminated by way of being thought of in ethnological viewpoint, and a quick Epilogue units it as an alternative in a border sector among Afro-Asiatic and ecu tradition. The publication could be of worth either to classicists and historians of tune.

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There normally was such accompaniment (except when someone was singing to entertain himself while doing something else), but its role was subordinate. A choir of many voices was not balanced by an equivalent band of instrumentalists; very often a single piper supplied the accompaniment, even for a chorus of fifty, as in the Athenian dithyramb. According to a writer of the Aristotelian school, we enjoy listening to a singer more when he sings to an aulos or a lyre, not because of the additional sonority but because it helps to define the tune.

Cit. 14-23; Garland, op. cit. 21f. 46Anecd. Bekk. 281. 26, cf. 8 in Leutsch-Schneidewin, Corpus Paroemiographorum Graecorum, i. 117. 47El. 277-81. 48 Isoc. 9. 1. 49 Diod. 29. 21. 50Od. 1. 150-5, 325-422; 8. 43-108, 471-541; 17. 261-71, 358-60; 22. 330-56; cf. Stesichorus, SLG 148. 3-4. The lyre is called 'dinner's companion', Od. 271. 51Od. 5-11. 52. Od. 1. 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.

The Cretans marched to pipe and lyre (Ephorus, FGrH 70 F 149 p. 88. , cf. Polyb. loc. , Gell. NA 1. 11. -Plut. De mus. 1140c, Ath. 517 a, 627 d). Herodotus (1. 17. 1 ) describes Alyattes' Lydian army marching to the motley sound of auloi, panpipes, and harps. See further W K. Pritchett, Ancient Greek Military Practices, i (Berkeley and LA, 1971), 105-8. < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 battle 'slowly, to the music of many pipers, as is their established custom, not for religious reasons but so that their approach should be even and rhythmical and their line not broken, as tends to happen with large forces as they come forward'.

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