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Author West, M. L. (Martin Litchfield), 1937-

Title Ancient Greek music / M.L. West.

Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Music  780.938 WEST    ASK AT DESK
Physical description xiii, 409 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Music in Greek Life -- 2. The Voice -- 3. Stringed Instruments -- 4. Wind and Percussion -- 5. Rhythm and Tempo -- 6. Scales and Modes -- 7. Melody and Form --8. Theory -- 9. Notation and Pitch -- 10. The Musical Documents -- 11. Historical Synthesis: 1. Sunrise and Forenoon -- 12. Historical Synthesis: 2. High Noon and Afternoon -- Epilogue: Greece between Europe and Asia.
Summary Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated with plates and diagrams. Besides being considered on its own terms, Greek music is here further illuminated by being seen in ethnological perspective, and a brief Epilogue sets it in its place in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture. The book will be of value both to classicists and historians of music.
Subject Music, Greek and Roman -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0198148976
0198149751 (pbk.)