New Music: What Revolution in Rhythms?

TitleNew Music: What Revolution in Rhythms?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsErcoles, M
Ancient AuthorsAristophanes Comic. (TLG 0019), Euripides Trag. (TLG 0006), Timotheus Lyr. (TLG 0376), Aristoxenus Mus. (TLG 0088)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies

The examination of ancient historical accounts of the development of rhythmopoiia in ancient Greek music and the analysis of the main rhythmical features associated with modernist composers of the late fifth-early fourth century BC show that the actual ‘novelty’ of New Music style in this field lies in a more consistent and elaborate use of existing resources rather than in the invention of new practices (perhaps, with the only exception of warbles). Among other passages, Ar. Th. 120-2 and Tim. PMG 791.229-33 are taken into deeper consideration. []


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