The Birth of European Music from the Spirit of the Lyre

TitleThe Birth of European Music from the Spirit of the Lyre
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsHagel, S
EditorKolltveit, G, Rainio, R
Book TitleThe Archaeology of Sound, Acoustics & Music: Studies in Honour of Cajsa S. Lund
Series Title Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology 3
PublisherEkho Verlag
ISBN9783944415390 (pbk); 9783944415406 (pdf)

A possible connection between the “Guidonian hexachord”, along with the Sapphic melody with which it is associated, and the early medieval “Northern” lyre is suggested. The uniform tuning of the latter is argued to fit well within certain strands of “Western” music as it emerges in the late Middle Ages, as opposed to the “Mediterranean” music of Antiquity, which informed medieval music theory and the tradition of church chant. []


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