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    DescriptionFlora Levin explores how and why music was so important to the ancient Greeks. She examines the distinctions that they drew between the theory of music as an art ruled by number and the theory wherein number is held to be ruled by the art of music. These perspectives generated more expansive theories, particularly the idea that the cosmos is a mirror-image of music's structural elements and, conversely, that music by virtue of its cosmic elements - time, motion, and the continuum - is itself a mirror-image of the cosmos. These opposing perspectives gave rise to two opposing schools of thought, the Pythagorean and the Aristoxenian. Levin argues that the clash between these two schools could never be reconciled. Her book shows how the Greeks' appreciation of the profundity of music's interconnections with philosophy, mathematics, and logic led to groundbreaking intellectual achievements that no civilisation has ever matched.


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    Title
    Greek Reflections on the Nature of Music
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Flora R. Levin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 364
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521518901
    ISBN 10: 0521518903
    Classifications

    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: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15940
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 780.1
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 780.938
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: ML169 .L64 2009
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: AVA, NH
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    10 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Flora Levin is an independent scholar of the classical world. She is the author of two monographs on Nicomachus of Gerasa and has contributed to TAPA, Hermes, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music.
    Review quote
    'This volume offers provocative interpretations of Aristoxenian music theory while providing a context in modern mathematics, philosophy, and musicology for the Aristoxenian and other schools of ancient music theory.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    1. All deep things are song; 2. We are all Aristoxenians; 3. The discrete and the continuous; 4. Magnitudes and multitudes; 5. The topology of melody; 6. Aristoxenus of Tarentum and Ptolemais of Cyrene; 7. Aisthesis and Logos: a single continent; 8. The infinite and the infinitesimal.