Hearing the Syrinx in Euripidean Tragedy

TitoloHearing the Syrinx in Euripidean Tragedy
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWeiss, NA
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsAeschylus Trag. (TLG 0085), Sophocles Trag. (TLG 0011), Euripides Trag. (TLG 0006), Plato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

References to the syrinx are mostly absent from extant tragedy until the late fifth century BC, when the instrument suddenly starts appearing in Euripides’ plays, especially in the choral odes. This chapter demonstrates that the syrinx is almost always mentioned alongside the aulos, the double pipe that accompanied dramatic choreia, or in such a way that the aulos is strongly suggested, so that the one instrument is meant to be heard as the other. Such instrumental mimesis in Euripides’ tragedies does more than just show off his own skill and engagement with contemporary musical trends and discourse: it is also always used for a particular dramatic effect, thus providing evidence of his increasing experimentation towards the end of his career with the role(s) music could play within a tragedy. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198794462.001.0001/oso-9780198794462-chapter-7]



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