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Greek Musical Writings : Volume 1, The Musician and his Art - Andrew Barker

Greek Musical Writings

Volume 1, The Musician and his Art

By: Andrew Barker (Editor)

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Published: 20th November 1989
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This book is the first of two volumes offering a selection of Greek writings on music, newly translated into English and equipped with an extensive commentary. This volume contains passages from Greek poets, historians and essayists, evoking or describing aspects of the practical activities of musical performance and composition, together with excerpts from philosophers and social critics who comment on the moral, education and aesthetic dimensions of the art. Music was of fundamental importance in the culture of ancient Greece. Its nature and significance cannot now, perhaps, be fully recaptured, but we have a rich fund of information about the Greek experience of music, its forms, its meanings, its social roles, and the practical details of its composition and performance.

'This book ... contains passages in which ancient opinions are expressed on the status, function and practice of music in Greek life ... The translated passages are well supplied with explanatory notes that ... give the Greekless reader as much information as can be reasonably extracted from the original ... As such it is essential reading for any historian of ancient music.' The Musical Times

List of illustrations
List of authors and passages quoted
Acknowledgements
Texts and abbreviations
Transliteration of Greek words
Introduction
Homer
Hesiod
The Homeric hymns
From Archilochus to the late sixth century
Pindar
Fifth-century tragedy
The musical revolution of the later fifth century
Aristophanes
Xenophon
Plato
The harmoniai
Damon
Aristotle
The Hibeh papyrus on music
Theophrastus
The Aristotelian problems
The Plutarchian treatise on music
The nomoi
The spondeion and the spondeiazon tropos
Athenaeus
Bibliography of works by modern authors
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521389112
ISBN-10: 0521389119
Series: Greek Musical Writings : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th November 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48