Les mouvements des musiciens dans l’Antiquité

TitleLes mouvements des musiciens dans l’Antiquité
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBélis, A
EditorDelavaud-Roux, M-H
Book TitleMusiques et danses dans l' Antiquité. Actes du colloque international de Brest, 29 - 30 septembre 2006, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Series TitleCollection Histoire: Série Histoire ancienne
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes

Could the professional musicians move while they played? We can ask if the musical aesthetics in Antiquity were connected only with audition or also with a visual performance. We recognize a fantastic performance by beautiful vocal or instrumental music and the beauty of gesture, which were connected with the kosmos of musicians. It was the kinesis of musicians, during their moving, when they went up to the bèma and when they played at this place. Torso, feet, legs, wrists, face and nape, all the parts of their body were moving at the right moment, with appropriate style and with appropriate width. But these movements could never fall in dance because of the bèma, whose platform, on purpose, prevented large movements. [p. 315]

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