By Thomas J. Mathiesen
Old Greek track and song idea has interested students for hundreds of years not just as a result of its intrinsic curiosity as part of historical Greek tradition but additionally as the Greeks’ grand proposal of tune has persevered to stimulate musical imaginations to the current day. not like past remedies of the topic, Apollo’s Lyre is aimed largely on the reader attracted to the musical typologies, the musical tools, and particularly the ancient improvement of tune conception and its transmission throughout the center Ages.
The simple process and scope of the research are set out in a initial bankruptcy, by way of chapters targeting the position of tune in Greek society, musical typology, organology, and function perform. the following chapters are dedicated to the tune thought itself, because it built in 3 levels: within the treatises of Aristoxenus and the Sectio canonis through the interval of revival within the moment century C.E. and in past due antiquity. each one theorist and treatise is taken into account individually yet continually in the context of the rising traditions. the speculation offers a remarkably entire and coherent procedure for explaining and interpreting musical phenomena, and loads of its conceptual framework, in addition to a lot of its terminology, used to be borrowed and tailored by means of medieval Latin, Byzantine, and Arabic song theorists, a legacy reviewed within the ultimate bankruptcy. Transcriptions and analyses of a few of the extra entire items of Greek song preserved on papyrus or stone, or in manuscript, are built-in with a attention of the musicopoetic varieties themselves. The publication concludes with a complete bibliography for the sphere, updating and increasing the author’s prior Bibliography of assets for the learn of historical Greek song.
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