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Music in Ancient Greece and Rome - John G. Landels

Music in Ancient Greece and Rome

Paperback Published: 7th December 2000
ISBN: 9780415248433
Number Of Pages: 320

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"Music in Ancient Greece and Rome" is a comprehensive introduction to the study of music from Homeric times to the Roman emperor Trajan. John G. Landels offers the first scholarly overview of the practical and performance elements of music, rather than the moral and aesthetic discussion typified by the works of Plato. Illustrated with transcriptions of surviving musical scores, diagrams and line-drawings of instruments and performers, the book explores the contexts in which music played a role, such as mythology and poetry. Detailed discussion is also given to the instruments, including the aulos, the kithara and the lyre, as well as the ingenious notation system devised by the Greeks which enables us to read the few surviving scores.

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'A well-illustrated and comprehensive introduction to ancient music from Homeric times to the emperor Hadrian ... we recommend it highly as a book that is both scholarly and approachable, and of value to everyone with an interest in the subject, scholars, students and the general reader.' - Classical Association News

'John Landels has produced a lively and illuminating survey of what we know ... his book can be recommended to any musical person wishing to imagine for himself the sound, the atmosphere and the meaning of ancient song and dance.' - Roger Scruton, The Times

Prefacep. ix
Music in Greek Life, Poetry and Dramap. 1
2(a): The Aulosp. 24
2(b): Kithara and Lyrep. 47
2(c): Other Instrumentsp. 69
Scales, Intervals and Tuningp. 86
Music, Words and Rhythmp. 110
Music and Acoustical Sciencep. 130
Music and Mythp. 148
The Years Between- Alexandria and Southern Italyp. 163
The Roman Musical Experiencep. 172
Notation and Pitchp. 206
Some Surviving Scoresp. 218
p. 264
The Construction of the Water-Organ (hydraulis)p. 267
The Brauron Aulosp. 271
Notes and Suggested Readingp. 276
Indexp. 292
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ISBN: 9780415248433
ISBN-10: 0415248434
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 7th December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2