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Aulos and Harp: Questions of Pitch and Tonality

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies
Author: Stefan Hagel1
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  • 1 Institute for the Study of Ancient CultureAustrian Academy of SciencesSonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 ViennaAustriastefan.hagel@oeaw.ac.at
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Abstract

This study addresses the question of pitches and pitch structures that may have been played on the excavated instruments, assessing string lengths and their implications as well as searching for a plausible effective length for the aulos including its reed, based on computer-modelling the behaviour of the oscillating air column. The results are discussed in the context of our present knowledge about pitch ranges that were typically used in ancient music.

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