New Music and Early Peripatetic Scholarship: The ‘Degeneration’ of Music as a Historiographical Turning Point

TitleNew Music and Early Peripatetic Scholarship: The ‘Degeneration’ of Music as a Historiographical Turning Point
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTocco, A
Ancient AuthorsPseudo-Plutarchus Biogr., Phil. (TLG 0094)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies
Volume7
Issue1
Pagination33-50
Abstract

This paper aims at presenting a preliminary survey of Peripatetic statements about the so-called ‘New Music’ as a significant turning point in musical history, addressed by most of the main exponents of the Peripatos as part of a wider engagement in the study of µουσική. The establishment of a ‘history of music’, whose main phases are represented by its origins, its development through Archaic and Classical times and, eventually, its corruption into a ‘degenerated’ musical style, is crucial in the Peripatetic foundation of µουσική as a scholarly field of enquiry and is inherited by later sources that rely largely on Peripatetic materials, namely the pseudo-Plutarchaean De musica. [https://brill.com/abstract/journals/grms/7/1/article-p33_4.xml]

DOI10.1163/22129758-12341333

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