Ancient Greek Music: A New Technical History (Hardback)
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Short Description for Ancient Greek Music This book offers a fundamental reworking of the history of the development of Greek music from the classical period to Roman times.
- Published: 18 January 2010
- Format: Hardback 506 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521517645 ISBN 10: 0521517648
- Sales rank: 781,108
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This book endeavours to pinpoint the relations between musical, and especially instrumental, practice and the evolving conceptions of pitch systems. It traces the development of ancient melodic notation from reconstructed origins, through various adaptations necessitated by changing musical styles and newly invented instruments, to its final canonical form. It thus emerges how closely ancient harmonic theory depended on the culturally dominant instruments, the lyre and the aulos. These threads are followed down to late antiquity, when details recorded by Ptolemy permit an exceptionally clear view. Dr Hagel discusses the textual and pictorial evidence, introducing mathematical approaches wherever feasible, but also contributes to the interpretation of instruments in the archaeological record and occasionally is able to outline the general features of instruments not directly attested. The book will be indispensable to all those interested in Greek music, technology and performance culture and the general history of musicology.