Mesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun: The Precipitation of Logos in the Melos

TitoloMesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun: The Precipitation of Logos in the Melos
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPsaroudakēs, S
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsMesomedes Lyr. (TLG 0268)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

This chapter investigates the relationship between the lyrics and the music of Mesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun. There are many instances of word painting in music. The chapter argues that Mesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun is a piece of music well thought through by the composer. The song’s melodic contours reflect and accentuate the meaning of the words, which can affectively be brought forth in sound if the performer is musically sensitive and is aware of the word-melody relationships. It is argued that the song was most probably composed for monodic performance. []



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