By M. L. West
Historic Greece used to be permeated via tune, and the literature teems with musical allusions. the following finally is a transparent, accomplished, and authoritative account that presupposes no targeted wisdom of track. subject matters coated contain where of tune in Greek lifestyles, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, old conception and notation, and ancient improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek track are awarded in smooth transcription with research, and the booklet is totally illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek song is right here extra illuminated by means of being thought of in ethnological point of view, and a quick Epilogue units it as an alternative in a border sector among Afro-Asiatic and ecu tradition. The ebook might be of worth either to classicists and historians of track.
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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. They acknowledged its power to soothe, to console, to distract, to cheer, to excite, to inflame, to madden. They had definite theories, which will be described in a later chapter, about the various moral and emotional effects of different musical modes and rhythms. There are stories of music being employed deliberately to manipulate people's moods.
As regards participation there were, at the most basic level, verses and formulae that everyone sang as part of a crowd, like the paean in battle or after dinner and the hymenaeal refrain at wedding processions. From time to time one might be called upon to perform in a chorus at a festival or a private celebration. It has been mentioned that at the City Dionysia in fifth-century Athens 500 men and 500 boys were required for the dithyrambic contest alone, not to mention those who made up the tragic and comic choruses.
217. Aesch. PV 173, etc. For some other Classical references to incantations see Pind. Nem. 8. 49, Aesch. Ag. 1021, Eum. 649. Soph. Trach. 1000. Aj. 582, Eur. Alc. 967, Cyc. 646, Ar. Ran. 1033, Pl. Chrm. 155e, Euthydemus 290a, Resp. 426b, Symp. 202e. ) 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.
Ancient Greek Music by M. L. West