Interpretando i quattro famosi auloi da Pompei / Interpreting the four famous auloi from Pompeii

TitleInterpretando i quattro famosi auloi da Pompei / Interpreting the four famous auloi from Pompeii
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHagel, S
EditorRocconi, E
Book TitleLa musica nell'Impero Romano: Testimonianze teoriche e scoperte archeologiche = Music in the Roman Empire: Theoretical Evidence and Archaeological Findings
Pagination111-112
PublisherPavia University Press
CityPavia
ISBN9788896764022
Abstract

The four best-preserved aulos pipes unearthed at Pompeii are examined and their original pitches are as far as possible determined by mathematical analysis. It is argued that the scales of the instruments as well as specific details of their mechanism fit well with our knowledge of music from the Roman Imperial period. The conclusions are corroborated by models of the pipes and their mechanism, which were presented and played at the 2nd Annual Meeting of MOISA; cf. Sound Examples 1-3. The sound examples are played on plastic models of the pipes National Museum Naples no. 76892 and 76893:

Ex. 1: Highest playing range on both pipes, in unison.
Ex. 2: Intervallic improvisation in the Lydian key.
Ex. 3: Syrigmos: The syrinx on pipe 76892 is fully open; changing drone in the lower register on 76893. [p. 111]

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Music in the Roman Empire contains the Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of MOISA, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage, Cremona, Aula Magna, Facoltà di Musicologia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, 30-31 ottobre 2008.

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