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Ancient Greek Music

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The evolution of ancient Greek musical notation; 2. Notation, instruments and the voice; 3. Notation in the handbooks; 4. Strings and notes; 5. Fine tuning; 6. Going beyond Ptolemy?; 7. Assisted resonance; 8. The extant musical documents; 9. Aulos types and pitches; 10. Before Aristoxenus; 11. Synthesis; Bibliography; Indices.

About the Author

Stefan Hagel is currently engaged in research on ancient music at the Kommission fur Antike Literatur of the Osterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. His interests focus on ancient Greek music and metre, including reconstructions of ancient instruments and performance techniques. He also creates dedicated software for scholarly purposes and his Classical Text Editor received the European Academic Software Award. Previous books include: Modulation in altgriechischer Musik. Antike Melodien im Licht antiker Musiktheorie (2000) and Repertorium der westkilikischen Inschriften (with K. Tomaschitz, 1998).


'This is a stunning achievement, and when scholars have had time to absorb its contents the study of Greek music and musical theory will never be the same again ... Its innovative, complex and multi-faceted methodology may be beyond what most others can hope to emulate at this level of sophistication, but once they have seen it in action no one will have any excuse for neglecting its potential, and we shall all have to absorb from it what lessons we can. In short, I believe that Hagel's book will revolutionise the discipline.' Andrew Barker, University of Birmingham 'I have no hesitation in pronouncing it a work of the highest originality and importance which future investigators will acknowledge as a landmark in the field.' Martin West, University of Oxford

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