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The Dance of the Muses

Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

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The Dance of the Muses by A.P. David
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This book develops an authentic and at the same time revolutionary musical analysis of ancient Greek poetry. It departs from the abstract metrical analyses of the past in that it conceives the rhythmic and harmonic elements of poetry as integral to the whole expression, and decisive in the interpretation of its meaning. David offers a thoroughgoing treatment of Homeric poetics: here some remarkable discoveries in the harmonic movement of epic verse, when combined with some neglected facts about the origin of the hexameter in a 'dance of the Muses', lead to essential new thinking about the genesis and the form of Homeric poetry. He also gives a foretaste of the fruits to be harvested in lyric by a musical analysis, which applies a new theory of the Greek tonic accent and considers concretely the role of dance in performance.

Author Biography

A. P. David completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
Release date NZ
September 28th, 2006
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
145x223x21
ISBN-13
9780199292400
Product ID
2245418

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