Music and Image in Classical Athens

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2005 - Art - 256 pages
During the fifth century BC, Athens witnessed the explosion of images depicting musical performance, such as Apollo and the Muses, frisky satyrs, the poet Orpheus, youths at school, brides at weddings, and the dead at tombs. Primarily found in vase paintings, but also in sculpture and now-lost wall paintings, these images provide significant insight into the musical culture of the time and place, especially given that so much of the literary evidence for musical culture in Athens has been lost. In this study, Sheramy Bundrick proposes that the depictions of musical performance were intimately linked to contemporary developments in the field of music itself.
 

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Contents

MUSIC AND IMAGE IN FIFTHCENTURY ATHENS
1
SixthCentury Music an Musical Imagery
7
The New Democracy New Music and New Musical
9
REPRESENTING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
13
Stringed Instruments
14
The Kithara
18
The Barbitos
21
The Phorminx
25
Women and Mousike
92
ETHOS AND THE CHARACTER OF MUSICAL IMAGERY
103
Dionysos and His World
106
Ethos and Pathos in the Imagery of Orpheus
116
Music and Hubris
126
Marsyas the Musical Satyr
131
HARMONIA AND THE LIFE OF THE CITY
140
The Harmonia of Apollo Kitharoidos
142

The Thracian Kithara
26
The Harp
30
Wind Instruments
34
The Syrinx
42
Percussion Instruments
46
MOUSIKE THE ART OF THE MUSES
49
The Art of the Muses
51
Becoming an Aner Mousikos
60
The Lessons of Linos
71
Mouskie and Gymnastike
74
Mousike at the Symposion
80
Music and Cult Ritual
150
Contest and Victory
160
Music and the Theatre
175
Harmonia and the Wedding
179
Harmonia as Personification
193
MUSICAL REVOLUTIONS IN CLASSICAL ATHENS
197
Notes
203
Glossary
239
Bibliography
241
Index
253
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