Musik zwischen Apollon und Dionysos: der delphische Paian des Athenaios

TitleMusik zwischen Apollon und Dionysos: der delphische Paian des Athenaios
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHagel, S
EditorHickmann, E, Eichmann, R, Kilmer, AD
Ancient AuthorsPaeanes (CA) (TLG 1203.005)
Book TitleArchäologie früher Klangerzeugung und Tonordnung = The Archaeology of Sound: Origin and Organisation
Series TitleStudien zur Musikarchäologie 3; Orient-Archäologie 10
KeywordsAteneo di Delfi, Delfi, peana

The Delphic Paean by the Athenian composer Athenaios, first performed in 128 B.C., is the earliest extant example of ancient Greek music with more than just a few scattered notes preserved: as it was inscribed in stone, more than two of its parts survived the centuries almost complete. A detailed analysis of its text, its rhythm and its melody reveals a complex interplay of all levels of the composition, alluding to earlier styles in a typically Hellenistic manner, accessible only to an audience trained in ancient music theory and history. Just as the god Dionysos had been gaining increasing importance in the cult of Delphi, finally becoming the equal partner of his elder brother Apollo, to whom the composition is devoted, Apollo's straightforward and now old-fashioned music is rivaled by the modern dionysiac style, with all its modulations and surprising melodic turns. [POIESIS]


The Archaeology of Sound: Origin and Organisation includes papers from the 2nd Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology at Monastery Michaelstein, 17-23 September 2000. And: Music Archaeology of the Aegean and Anatolia. Papers from the colloquium on Music Archaeology organised by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Istanbul) in cooperation with the ICTM Study Group on Music Archeology (6th meeting) and the Institut Français d' Archéologie (Istanbul), Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, 12-16 April 1993.

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