When Did the 'Tibicen' play? Meter and musical accompaniment in Roman comedy

TitleWhen Did the 'Tibicen' play? Meter and musical accompaniment in Roman comedy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMoore, TJ
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association
Volume138
Issue1
Pagination3-46
Abstract

A thorough examination of the evidence for musical accompaniment
in Roman comedy confirms, with slight modifications, the theory of
Friedrich Ritschl and Theodor Bergk that the tibicen was silent during scenes
written in iambic senarii but accompanied all other meters. Roman comedy was
thus a more musical genre than has often been acknowledged, and we are justified
in using alternation between iambic senarii and other meters to evaluate
the musical patterns of the plays. [Timothy J. Moore]

DOI10.1353/apa.0.0005

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