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Author Barker, Andrew, 1943-
Title The science of harmonics in classical Greece / Andrew Barker.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Author Barker, Andrew, 1943-
Subject Music -- Acoustics and physics.
Musical intervals and scales -- Greece -- History -- To 500.
Music theory -- Greece -- History -- To 500.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 481 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 450-460) and index.
Contents pt. I. Preliminaries. Introduction -- Beginnings, and the problem of measurement -- pt. II. Empirical harmonics. Empirical harmonics before Aristoxenus -- The early empiricists in their cultural and intellectual contexts -- Interlude on Aristotle's account of a science and its methods -- Aristoxenus : the composition of the Elementa harmonica -- Aristoxenus : concepts and methods in Elementa harmonica book I -- Elementa harmonica books II-III : the science reconsidered -- Elementa harmonica book III and its missing sequel -- Contexts and purposes of Aristoxenus' harmonics -- pt. III. Mathematical harmonics. Pythagorean harmonics in the fifth century : Philolaus -- Developments in Pythagorean harmonics : Archytas -- Plato -- Aristotle on the harmonic sciences -- Systematising mathematical harmonics : the Sectio canonis -- Quantification under attack : Theophrastus' critique -- Postscript : the later centuries.
Summary The ancient science of harmonics investigates the arrangements of pitched sounds which form the basis of musical melody, and the principles which govern them. It was the most important branch of Greek musical theory, studied by philosophers, mathematicians and astronomers as well as by musical specialists. This 2007 book examines its development during the period when its central ideas and rival schools of thought were established, laying the foundations for the speculations of later antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It concentrates particularly on the theorists' methods and purposes and the controversies that their various approaches to the subject provoked. It also seeks to locate the discipline within the broader cultural environment of the period; and it investigates, sometimes with surprising results, the ways in which the theorists' work draws on and in some cases influences that of philosophers and other intellectuals.
ISBN 9780511482465 (electronic bk.)
0511482469 (electronic bk.)
9780511367724 (electronic bk.)
0511367724 (electronic bk.)
9780521879514 (hardback ; alk. paper)
0521879515 (hardback ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 666904089
Additional Format Print version: Barker, Andrew, 1943- Science of harmonics in classical Greece. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007 9780521879514 (DLC) 2007007746 (OCoLC)85485067

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