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How did ancient Greek music sound?
BBC News ^ | 10-22-2013 | Armand D'Angour

Posted on 10/25/2013 4:35:55 AM PDT by Renfield

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D'Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering.

"Suppose that 2,500 years from now all that survived of the Beatles songs were a few of the lyrics, and all that remained of Mozart and Verdi's operas were the words and not the music.

Imagine if we could then reconstruct the music, rediscover the instruments that played them, and hear the words once again in their proper setting, how exciting that would be.

This is about to happen with the classic texts of ancient Greece....

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: armanddangour; godsgravesglyphs; greece; history; music
There is a sample audio file of a reconstructed song at the link.
1 posted on 10/25/2013 4:35:55 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 10/25/2013 4:36:08 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Somehow I think if you were to give a Tambura and some ancient Indian lyrics to Jimmy Hendrix for recreation it might not have sounded quite like it did 2000 years ago.

Can you imagine future historians trying to recreate rap?


3 posted on 10/25/2013 4:46:03 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv

Oupa!


4 posted on 10/25/2013 5:00:58 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Renfield

There was this Star trek episode with blue-skinned people in an ancient court with the lutes and the flutes a playing.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 5:04:28 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: Renfield
Zorba The Greek
6 posted on 10/25/2013 5:05:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Renfield

The names of the Modes are reminiscent of Ancient Greece:

Ionian (Same as the Modern Major Scale)
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian (Same as Natural Minor)
Locrian

Pythagoras was also very interested in the mathematical relationships between notes and their intervals.

The Piano Keyboard was designed to utilize these modes, and guitarists memorize them to use in awesome Jazz Solos.

I think that the music of Ancient Greece would have a familiar sound to Western Ears.

JMO.


7 posted on 10/25/2013 5:06:24 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: left that other site

It’s called a fibonacci series...and if ancient Greek music sounded anything like Greek music now it could explain the demise of their culture.


8 posted on 10/25/2013 5:12:59 AM PDT by gr8eman (Bandying nice with wannabe commies is over! You're either for freedom or you're not!)
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To: gr8eman

Are you series about that?

Or just fibbing?

:-)

I ain’t gonna fret about it, though.


9 posted on 10/25/2013 5:20:20 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: gr8eman

Sorry, sometimes my jokes fall a little flat.


10 posted on 10/25/2013 5:22:23 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: gr8eman
Hey! If you could dance to it.....it had to be splendid!


11 posted on 10/25/2013 5:35:47 AM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Renfield
"all that survived of the Beatles songs were a few of the lyrics"


12 posted on 10/25/2013 6:52:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: gr8eman

Blame the Romans...

hellatorius victorialis (warlike; victory)
erastus necessitas (lovers; death)
honararius despondeo (honour; despair)
spiritus obdormio (life; death)
patriota gladiator (country; fighter)
afflictio ommento (pain; waiting)
divinitus salutaris (heaven; salvation)
furtivus libertas (furtive love; freedom)


13 posted on 10/25/2013 6:59:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Daffynition

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca
born April 21, 1915
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico


14 posted on 10/25/2013 7:01:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Renfield

“Suppose that 2,500 years from now all that survived of the Beatles songs were a few of the lyrics”

2,500 years from now Elinore Rigby may be presumed to have been some sort of ancient mythical goddess.


15 posted on 10/25/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: BenLurkin
Dang! Everyone knows he was Irish. Amish fer sure! It's on the internet. I know it's true. OPA!


16 posted on 10/25/2013 7:43:52 AM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Renfield; Berosus; 240B; 75thOVI; Adder; albertp; asgardshill; At the Window; bitt; blu; BradyLS; ..

Thanks Renfield and Berosus -- and "shut that bloody bazouki off!!!" Seems like a good weekly Digest list ping.

17 posted on 10/26/2013 6:59:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Daffynition

“Put the trains into Mexico” ... that’s what those kids were calling it back then.


18 posted on 10/26/2013 7:02:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Renfield
Sound like Gale Boetticher.
19 posted on 10/26/2013 7:12:07 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Renfield

Not disparaging his scholarship in the least, but I don’t believe Creese would do justice to Soppho.


20 posted on 10/27/2013 12:53:22 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Renfield

Fascinating stuff. I enjoyed hearing the professor’s audio file.


21 posted on 10/27/2013 3:22:26 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Renfield

thks


22 posted on 10/27/2013 4:13:44 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Renfield
I've often wondered if some ancient sounds could have been captured in pottery. Could voice vibrations/etc from the potters have been captured in the wet clay...like the grooves on a vinyl record?
They would have been seriously crude but....with today's technology?
23 posted on 10/27/2013 7:50:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: Renfield
How did ancient Greek music sound?
Hmmm?..I don't know.
But if it can't be played on one of these.....

I don't care.
Fender Stratocaster©. If they're good enough for Eric Clapton, they're good enough for me ;-)
24 posted on 10/27/2013 10:41:55 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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