L’ethos des rythmes dans la théorie musicale grecque

TitleL’ethos des rythmes dans la théorie musicale grecque
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsOtaola, P
EditorDelavaud-Roux, M-H
Ancient AuthorsAristoteles et Corpus Aristotelicum Phil. (TLG 0086), Aristides Quintilianus Mus. (TLG 2054), Plato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Book TitleMusiques et danses dans l' Antiquité. Actes du colloque international de Brest, 29 - 30 septembre 2006, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Series TitleCollection Histoire: Série Histoire ancienne
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes

Greeks and especially the Pythagoricians studied the virtues of music to exercise an influence on emotion and on human soul. This possibility of the music, according to the melodic scales or harmoniai, but also according to the rhythms, is the ethos of each music. Philosophers established different classifications of the melodies, according to their ethos. More famous than the ethos of rhythms, the ethos of melodic expressions, influenced the western musical thought since Antiquity to Renaissance. In Plato and in Aristotle, we find a lot of allusions to the rhythms effects but without classification according their ethos. But Aristide Quintilien gives the most important inquiries on the ethical value of the rhythms. The aim of this presentation is to explain the theory of ethos which is assigned to the rhythms, according to greek philosophers and theoricians’ texts. [p. 317]

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