'From the visible to the invisible': musical metaphysics from the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.

Title'From the visible to the invisible': musical metaphysics from the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBoshnakova, A
EditorHickmann, E, Eichmann, R
Book TitleMusikarchäologische Quellengruppen = Music-Archaeological Sources: finds, oral transmission, written evidence. Papers from the 3rd Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archeology at Monastery Michaelstein, 9-16 June 2002
Series TitleStudien zur Musikarchäologie 4; Orient-Archäologie 14
Pagination35-48
PublisherLeidorf
CityRahden
ISBN9783896466457
Keywordsfilosofi presocratici, teoria musicale
Abstract

This contribution aims to present the precise role, reception and performative reproduction of musical metaphysics, on which Pythagoras and the early Pythagoreans based their philosophical-religious ideas, in formulating ancient Greek conceptions of the afterlife at the turn from archaic to classical times (6th-5th century BC). Following these philosophically influenced ideas, the souls of the deceased entered an invisible, transcendental area beyond visible, worldly existence. At the time, thoughts referencing musical metaphysics found an allegorical expression in well-known, but mythologically shrouded characters, for instance in the figure of Eros. According to early Pythagorean conceptions, human souls were immortal, as they had a celestial and divine origin. Souls were seen as an eidolon, i.e. an exact mirror-image of physical appearance. They moved winged through the air, and their wandering was closel