The Koinē Hormasia Re-Interpreted

TitleThe Koinē Hormasia Re-Interpreted
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNajock, D
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies

The hormasia-table is preserved in a manuscript from 1040 AD. The heart or kernel of the table (two columns, each with 16 Hypolydian notes) was probably established in antiquity in order to provide a mean-tone tuning and a basic system for playing two voices on the harp (or the organ): a given melody with the right hand and a more or less schematic accompaniment with the left. In Byzantine times, the system was probably used as a stringing plan for doubly registered psalteries, both of the rectangular and the harp-like type. []


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