By M. L. West
Old Greece used to be permeated by way of song, and the literature teems with musical allusions. right here eventually is a transparent, accomplished, and authoritative account that presupposes no designated wisdom of track. issues coated comprise where of track in Greek existence, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic development, shape, historical idea and notation, and historic improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek track are provided in sleek transcription with research, and the publication is totally illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek track is right here extra illuminated by way of being thought of in ethnological viewpoint, and a short Epilogue units it instead in a border sector among Afro-Asiatic and eu tradition. The ebook may be of worth either to classicists and historians of song.
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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. 86 See Pl. 10; Paus. 5. 7. 10, 17. 10; 6. 14. 10; cf. Diogenes of Seleucia, SVF iii. 225. -Plut. De mus. 1140d, Philostr. De gymnastica 55. 87 Epicharmus fr. 210; Paus. 5. 17. -Plut. De mus. 1140c. The Etruscans are said to have had it for boxing, and also for flogging slaves and kneading dough (Alcimus, FGrH 560F 3, Arist. fr. 608, Eratosth. FGrH 241 F 4; for kneading, cf.
Rhes. 553, P1. Resp. 399d, Philoxenus, PMG 819; see R. Seaford's note on Eur. Cyc. 41-81. < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 although there is no guarantee that they go back to the Classical period, we can hardly suppose that nothing of the kind then existed. The ballgame that Nausicaa plays with her young friends in the Odyssey seems to have been combined with a song and dance. 75 Music accompanying activity The Greeks well understood the value of music as an adjunct to work and bodily movement, especially to that which is of a repetitive or rhythmical character.
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. 44 Paris 353, CVA loc. cit. pl. 71-2. 45 In some other places, however, wealthy families instituted commemorative dirges. 49 Dirges commissioned from such poets as Simonides and Pindar achieved literary currency. We know nothing of the circumstances in which they were performed; they may have been either semi-public or purely domestic occasions.
Ancient Greek Music by M. L. West