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Greek Musical Writings

Volume 1. The Musician and his Art

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Part of Cambridge Readings in the Literature of Music

  • Date Published: July 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521389112

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  • This book is the first of two volumes offering a selection of Greek writings on music, newly translated into English and equipped with an extensive commentary. This volume contains passages from Greek poets, historians and essayists, evoking or describing aspects of the practical activities of musical performance and composition, together with excerpts from philosophers and social critics who comment on the moral, education and aesthetic dimensions of the art. Music was of fundamental importance in the culture of ancient Greece. Its nature and significance cannot now, perhaps, be fully recaptured, but we have a rich fund of information about the Greek experience of music, its forms, its meanings, its social roles, and the practical details of its composition and performance.

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    'This book … contains passages in which ancient opinions are expressed on the status, function and practice of music in Greek life … The translated passages are well supplied with explanatory notes that … give the Greekless reader as much information as can be reasonably extracted from the original … As such it is essential reading for any historian of ancient music.' The Musical Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521389112
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.531kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of authors and passages quoted
    Texts and abbreviations
    Transliteration of Greek words
    1. Homer
    2. Hesiod
    3. The Homeric hymns
    4. From Archilochus to the late sixth century
    5. Pindar
    6. Fifth-century tragedy
    7. The musical revolution of the later fifth century
    8. Aristophanes
    9. Xenophon
    10. Plato
    Appendix A. The harmoniai
    Appendix B. Damon
    11. Aristotle
    12. The Hibeh papyrus on music
    13. Theophrastus
    14. The Aristotelian problems
    15. The Plutarchian treatise on music
    Appendix A. The nomoi
    Appendix B. The spondeion and the spondeiazon tropos
    16. Athenaeus
    Appendix: Athenaeus' sources
    Bibliography of works by modern authors

  • Editor

    Andrew Barker

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