I propose in this article briefly to draw attention to two separate but connected questions of musicological interest for ancientGreekmusic. Both relate to the way elements of vocal utterance are linked, whether naturally or by convention, to the representation and expression
Dreaming the Myth of ‘Wholeness’: Romantic
Interpretations of AncientGreekMusic in
According to a Romantic theory conceived by Greek intellectuals towards the end of the long
nineteenth century, Greek civilization was understood as an organic
Several important studies on ancientGreekmusic have come out lately, but a systematic one covering the interplay between musical theory and practice was missing among them. Hagel’s (H. henceforth) work, full of original, innovative proposals, fills that lacuna and clarifies a number of until
, decided to add the topic of AncientGreekMusic to the syllabus of the 2nd International Summer Academy, which the Ionian University had started in 2003. They therefore invited Prof. Andrew Barker to arrange a seminar about Ps.-Aristotle, Problems , Book 19, and Prof. Egert Pöhlmann to read lectures
of the sixth of a tone used by Abbott/Segerman ( 1974 ) 64, since the presence of microtonal shading in ancientGreekmusic arguably calls for slightly higher precision. Regarding plucking action, precaution has to be taken not to wrongly extrapolate ‘normal’ values to the shortest strings, which
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Das Musikleben der Griechen
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Design of Tomb II after Excavation.
Plate I 2.
Papyrus of Tomb II before Restoration.
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evolution of ancientGreekmusic come to light (“‘Poetry as a Present From Music’: Translation and Music in Ettore Romagnoli’s Stagings of Greek Drama”). Following the theories of François-Auguste Gevaert, 23 Romagnoli believed that ancient music had developed from very simple pastoral songs supported by