Die Lyra des Orpheus: Musikgeschichte im Gewande des Mythos

TitleDie Lyra des Orpheus: Musikgeschichte im Gewande des Mythos
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRoch, E
JournalArchiv für Musikwissenschaft
Keywordslyra, mito, Orfeo, storia della musica

The popularity of the famed Orpheus legend in ancient Greece continued throughout the Middle Ages and has survived up to today. Yet the myth contains discrepancies that challenge some of the assumptions regarding his music, beginning with his relationship to the gods Dionysos and Apollo and his tragic death. Though not of Greek origin, Orpheus received his lyre from the Greek god Apollo. Finally, tales of the supernatural power of Orpheus's music intimate that he not only played in the Dorian mode but in a combination of Dorian and Phrygian-the so-called chromatic scale. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/4145440]


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