Ancient Greek music in performance. Symposion Wien 29, Sept.-1 Okt. 2003,

TitleAncient Greek music in performance. Symposion Wien 29, Sept.-1 Okt. 2003,
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
EditorHagel, S, Harrauer, C
Series TitleWiener Studien. Beiheft 30
Number of Pages178 pp. ill. + CD-ROM
PublisherÖsterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
ISBN9783700134756 (print); 9783700135562 (online edition)

The present collection of essays is based on a symposium on various 'practical' aspects of ancient Greek music. The individual contributions address organological questions of tuning and playing techniques as well as ancient and modern performance contexts and expectations, and the notorious topic of musical 'ethos'. The accompanying CD contains, besides musical examples to the papers, the recording of an evening of public performances, which was part of the symposium. Singers and instrumentalists from four countries present their approaches to the extant ancient melodies; especially where different interpretations of the same piece can be compared, the complex questions involved in any recreation of ancient music become immediately obvious.

Contents: J.C. Franklin, Hearing Greek Microtones / S. Hagel, Twenty-four in auloi. Aristotle, Met.1093b, the harmony of the spheres, and the formation of the Perfect System / G. Lawson, Ancient European lyres: excavated finds and experimental performance today / M.J. Pernerstorfer, Carl Orffs hesperische Musik / E. Pöhlmann, Dramatische Texte in den Fragmenten antiker Musik / R.W. Wallace, Performing Damon's harmoníai / G. Danek, Homerische Vortragstechnik: Rekonstruktion und modernes Publikum [POIESIS]


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