Chansons populaires de la Grèce antique

TitoloChansons populaires de la Grèce antique
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsBaud-Bovy, S
Ancient AuthorsMesomedes Lyr. (TLG 0268)
JournalRevue de Musicologie

Two of the surviving relics of ancient Greek Music are unmistakably genuine Folk Music. The verse of the Invocation to the Muse (Ex. 1) (erroneously attributed to Mesomedes by Pöhlmann, who transcribes incorrectly his three last notes) is a typical folk verse, which may be considered as the missing link between the Aristophanian catalectic iambic tetrameter and the Byzantine and Modern Greek " political " verse. A Cretan song, recorded in 1954, produces the same verse, the same rhythm and the same median cadences (Ex. 3). The verses of the song engraved on the gravestone of Seikilos (Ex. 5) don't belong to the classical metrics; they are rather similar to nursery-rhymes. A dance-song of Peloponnesus (Ex. 6) retains the same rhythm, and we find the same shape and the same last gliding to the low fourth in Rumanian Folk Songs of Maramures (Ex. 7, 8), and the same G-mode, with middle cadences on the seventh degree, in Rumanian Songs of Bihor (Ex. 9) and in the first Anthem of Palm Sunday too (Ex. 10). []



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