Disreputable Music: A Performance, a Defence, and their Intertextual and Intermedial Resonances (Plutarch Quaest. conv. 704c4–705b6)

TitoloDisreputable Music: A Performance, a Defence, and their Intertextual and Intermedial Resonances (Plutarch Quaest. conv. 704c4–705b6)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBarker, A
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsAristoteles et Corpus Aristotelicum Phil. (TLG 0086), Plato Phil. (TLG 0059), Plutarchus Biogr., Phil. (TLG 0007)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press
CittàOxford
ISBN9780198794462
Abstract

This chapter discusses Plutarch’s depiction of an eminent musician’s performance at a symposium, the audience’s enthusiastic response to his ‘bad’ music, and Callimachus’ speech in its defence. Plutarch’s copious array of intertextual allusions serves to alert readers to the moral message the account is designed to convey. Numerous verbal and thematic echoes of Plato’s dialogues undermine the glamorous persona the musician projects, and expose the irresponsibility of the listeners’ responses. Callimachus’ defence is in turn subverted by confusions and unacceptable implications brought out through its medley of intertexts, which open with a flurry of explicit allusions to Peripatetic writings but eventually return to reminiscences of Plato. The chapter ends with the suggestion that in responding to Plutarch’s text, readers may also be filtering it through memories of their own past musical experiences, bringing the relation between the text’s message and its vehicle close to a species of intermediality. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198794462.001.0001/oso-9780198794462-chapter-11]

DOI10.1093/oso/9780198794462.003.0011

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