Music in Euripides’ Medea

TitoloMusic in Euripides’ Medea
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsThomas, O
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsEuripides Trag. (TLG 0006)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

This chapter argues that a tricky passage of Athenaeus, about Euripides’ use of melodic responsion in the play’s odes (453c–454a), is worth taking seriously. The reasons for doubting its information are not overwhelming, and moreover the effects of such responsion tie in excellently with what a number of the characters within the play (especially the chorus in the first and third stasima) have to say about music. In testing the hypothesis that Euripides employed ‘melodic responsion’ in the Medea, the chapter shows that melodic structure could have reinforced the odes’ semantics and themes, but also that it would have been a crucial element in the characterization of the chorus. This use of melody is also examined in the context of existing scholarship on Euripides’ adoption of various ‘New Musical’ forms later in his career. []



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