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Aulos and Harp: Questions of Pitch and Tonality

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies
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Stefan Hagel Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture Austrian Academy of Sciences Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Vienna Austria stefan.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.

Lo studio esamina il problema delle altezze e delle strutture di altezze che si sarebbero potute ottenere dagli strumenti ritrovati negli scavi. Per far ciò si determinano le lunghezze delle corde e le loro conseguenze sulle altezze; allo stesso modo, si cerca di stabilire la lunghezza effettiva dell’aulos, inclusa l’imboccatura, basandosi su un modello computerizzato del comportamento della colonna d’aria vibrante. I risultati sono analizzati alla luce delle attuali conoscenze sui campi di altezze che erano tipicamente impiegati nella musica antica.

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