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By M. L. West

Historic Greece was once permeated via track, and the literature teems with musical allusions. the following ultimately is a transparent, complete, and authoritative account that presupposes no distinctive wisdom of tune. issues coated comprise where of song in Greek existence, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, old conception and notation, and ancient improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek track are offered in sleek transcription with research, and the booklet is totally illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek song is the following additional illuminated via being thought of in ethnological point of view, and a short Epilogue units it instead in a border area among Afro-Asiatic and ecu tradition. The publication can be of price either to classicists and historians of song.

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1; Bacchyl. 11. 10. 40 Bacchyl. 14. 41 See p. 346. < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 Funerals too impinged on the community, especially in the eighth and seventh centuries, when it seems to have been a matter of prestige for the most prominent families to convey their dead to the pyre in ostentatious style, with the largest possible number of mourners following the bier, wailing and tearing their hair and garments. Before setting out on this last journey, the deceased had been washed, anointed, dressed in clean clothes, and laid out for a day or longer in his house or sometimes outside it.

Philod. Mus. 4. 5 p. 47 Neubecker; Sammelbuch 5810 (an aulete's contract dated AD 322); Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 2. 36; Anacreontea 59. 8; Arethas' scholium on Clem. , i. 297. 4 Stahlin. An Egyptian relief of the early 3rd millennium shows two men clapping out a rhythm with sticks as the vintagers tread grapes. 80 Xen. Hell. 2. 2. 23, elaborated by Plut. Lys. 15. 5. Plutarch took the music to be celebratory, but it may at the same time have been 'music while you work'. 81 Paus. 4. 27. 7. 82 Diogenes of Seleucia ap.

658e-659c, 700a-701a. 113 Music teaching Songs that are popular in the society in which one moves are easily picked up without formal instruction. Playing an instrument is more difficult. It may sometimes happen that someone who happens to have an instrument available can master its technique just by playing with it, but normally some tuition is necessary. The great majority of those who played in ancient Greece will have learned from someone else. Informal tuition from a friend, a relative, or a benevolent expert might be available at any time.

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