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
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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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