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

By M. L. West

Old Greece used to be permeated through tune, and the literature teems with musical allusions. right here finally is a transparent, finished, and authoritative account that presupposes no particular wisdom of tune. themes coated contain where of track in Greek lifestyles, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, old thought and notation, and ancient improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek tune are awarded in glossy transcription with research, and the ebook is absolutely illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek track is the following extra illuminated by means of being thought of in ethnological standpoint, and a short Epilogue units it instead in a border region among Afro-Asiatic and eu tradition. The e-book could be of price either to classicists and historians of song.

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40 Bacchyl. 14. 41 See p. 346. < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 Funerals too impinged on the community, especially in the eighth and seventh centuries, when it seems to have been a matter of prestige for the most prominent families to convey their dead to the pyre in ostentatious style, with the largest possible number of mourners following the bier, wailing and tearing their hair and garments. Before setting out on this last journey, the deceased had been washed, anointed, dressed in clean clothes, and laid out for a day or longer in his house or sometimes outside it.

Mem. 2. 6. 10. 100 Pl. Resp. 364b, Theophr. Hist. Pl. 9. 10. 4. Often they are a metaphor for 'charming' someone by persuasion. Pind. Pyth. 4. 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.

Garland, The Greek Way of Death (London, 1985), 23-31. On a Corinthian hydria of c. 560 (Louvre E 643; Wegner, Bilder, 41) one of the Nereids mourning Achilles as he lies on his bier holds a lyre in one hand. 43 Paris 355, CVA France 10 (Bibl. Nat. 2) pl. 71, 73; Pl. Leg. , cf. Hsch. k 824: Posidonius, FGrH 87 F 14 = fr. 168 Theiler. In Aesch. Sept 915-21 the funeral procession for Oedipus' sons is characterized by crying or lamenting, and likewise in the spurious ending (1058-67); threnos in 1064 does not necessarily signify a song by Antigone.

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