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    DescriptionAncient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated. A brief Epilogue sets Greek music in the wider context in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture.

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    Ancient Greek Music
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M.L. West
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 533 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198149750
    ISBN 10: 0198149751

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15900
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SCI007000
    BIC subject category V2: AVGC1, 1QDAG
    DC20: 780.938
    LC classification: ML169.W5 1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 780.938
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 780/.938
    LC classification: ML169 .W5 1994
    Thema V1.0: AVLA
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    16 pp halftones, figures, tables
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    14 April 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    'In this book you will find delightful transcriptions of weddings, festivals, dances at drunken orgies, and the many details of everyday life that seem at once familiar and somehow alien...it is in these that we sense a link between the Greeks and Mozart and may yet discover a continuous history for music after all.' Anthony Pryer, BC Music Magazine 'West plunges in headfirst, as is only to be expected of a Fellow of All Souls, and gives it his scholarly all ... beautifully ... produced and written.' Paul Janes, Literary Review 'a remarkable book and not its least remarkable feature is the way in which Martin West takes the reader, gently but systematically, from the easy ... to the increasingly more difficult ... My respect for the author knows no bounds.' Greece and Rome, October 1993 ...an enlightening study which will be of interest both to students of medical history and of social anthropology in its ancient Greek context. The Greek Gazette It;s no exaggeration to say that Martin West's Ancient Greek Music is a book we have been desiring for centuries: a clear, complete, unprejudiced, thorough, rigorous and deep account of the evidence for the basic realities of ancient music...Anything sane is welcome, and a really good big book like West's is a prodigy...He has collected all the most important ancient passages, and made it easy to see all the evidence in one place. He discusses music in all its aspects, technical, social, esthetic, organological, theoretical, and historical, and liberally illustrates his arguments. Arion
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    Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusion. For most readers, the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative account that presupposes no special knowledge of music.