Ancient Greek Music

TitleAncient Greek Music
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsWest, ML
Number of Pagesxiii + 410 pp. ill.
PublisherClarendon Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780191586859 (hbk); 9780198149750 (pbk)
Abstract

Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated. A brief Epilogue sets Greek music in the wider context in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture. [https://global.oup.com/academic/product/ancient-greek-music-9780198149750?lang=en&cc=gb#]

Review(s)

BMCR 2003.04.08 William A. Johnson; Classical World 1996 89 (6) Jon Solomon; Notes, Second Series 1994 50 (4): 1359-1361 André Barbera; Music & Letters 1993 74 (4): 562-564 E. Kerr Borthwick; AJPh 2001 122 (3): 436-440 Douglas Feaver; Die Musikforschung 48 (2): 183-184 Nicole Schmitt-Ludwig; Arion, 3rd Series 1997 4 (3): 223-236 Otto Steinmayer; Yearbook for Traditional Music 1995 27: 175 S.B.; Gnomon 2000 72 (8): 657-674 Egert Pöhlmann

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