Documents of Ancient Greek Music: Extant Melodies and Fragments Edited and Transcribed with Commentary

Documents of Ancient Greek Music: Extant Melodies and Fragments Edited and Transcribed with Commentary : the Extant Melodies and Fragments Edited and Transcribed with Commentary

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This uniquely complete and up-to-date collection of the surviving remains of ancient Greek music will serve as the standard work of reference for decades to come. Since its appearance in 1970, Egert Pohlmann's Denkmaler altgriechischer Musik has been the standard collection of the surviving fragments of ancient Greek music. But the publication of many further texts in recent years has put it in urgent need of updating. In this new English edition, prepared in collaboration with Martin West, the number of items has risen to 61, of which 23 are additions to the content of the 1970 book. They extend from the fifth century BC to the third or fourth AD, and afford a clearer perception than hitherto of how Greek music evolved over time. All the texts, new and old, have been carefully revised against the original documents or photographs, and many improved readings have been obtained as a result. Each item is given in diplomatic transcript with the ancient music notation, transcription into modern musical notation (except in the case of the smallest fragments), a double critical apparatus for the notation and the poetic text, and a commentary explaining the source and nature of the document, the history of its discovery and study, the musical scales used in it, and any other features of the music or its notation that call for comment. Good-quality photographs are provided for most items, exception being made for some items of which images are relatively easily accessible elsewhere, for example in the volumes of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. All who are interested in ancient Greek music, whether as an aspect of Hellenic culture or as a chapter of high importance in the early history of music generally, will welcome this comprehensive scholarly presentation of the source material by the two leading experts in the field.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 224 x 278 x 22mm | 1,061.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 pp black & white plates, frontispiece, 18 halftones in text, numeous music examples
  • 019815223X
  • 9780198152231

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DAGM will stand as the basic edition for the Greek musical documents for a long time. For specialists, of course, DAGM is a fundamental resource. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Lavishly produced. Music and Letters This magisterial collaboration by two scholars unsurpassed in their field edits all currently known fragments of ancient Greek music, and offers authoritative answers to a number of long-standing problems ... This book is a great advance in our understanding of ancient music. Teresa Morgan, Times Literary Supplement

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About Egert Pohlmann

M.L. West is the author of Ancient Greek Music (1992; pb 1994) and The East Face of Helicon (1997; pb 1999) and the editor of several editions of Greek poetry (Hesiod: Theogony and Works and Days; Iambi et Elegi Graeci; Greek Lyric Poetry).

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