Sense and Sensation in Music

TitleSense and Sensation in Music
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsD'Angour, A
EditorDestrée, P, Murray, P
Book TitleA companion to ancient aesthetics
Series TitleBlackwell companions to the ancient world
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN9781444337648 (hbk); 9781119009795 (online)

This chapter aims to elicit ways in which ancient listeners, principally those of Classical Greek times, responded aesthetically to music. Ancient terms for aesthetic responses lack complexity, and the philosophical tendency is to think of mousikē in terms of its ethical effects. It is argued that this stems largely from the associations of mousikē with textual meaning. A distinction must therefore be drawn between the ancient term mousikē and our term “music.” This leads to a discussion of different elements of musical sound in antiquity (principally rhythms