An Ancient Christian Hymn with Musical Notation: Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786 : Text and Commentary
In this book, Charles Cosgrove undertakes a comprehensive examination of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786, an ancient Greek Christian hymn dating to the late third century that offers the most ancient surviving example of a notated Christian melody. The author analyzes the text and music of the hymn, situating it in the context of the Greek literary and hymnic tradition, ancient Greek music, early Christian liturgy and devotion, and the social setting of Oxyrhynchus circa 300 C.E. The broad sweep of the commentary touches the interests of classical philologists, specialists in ancient Greek music, church historians, and students of church music history.
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Wellesz and Holleman
Text and Musical Notation
The Greek Musical Notation System
The Arsis Pointing
Interpretation of the Text
While We Hymn line 3
Greek Music Culture at Oxyrhynchus
The Performance Setting of P Oxy 1786
Pitch Centers and Tonal Structure in Ancient Greek
Applications of Greek Music Theory to the Surviving Musical
Temporal Priority and Finality
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