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Verse

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Author(s): Liana Lomiento
Abstract In the ancient notion of ‘verse’, the central concept is that of ‘measure’. Ancient theory identified nine fundamental meters. The composition of metrical units through the repetition of the same or the combination of different basic metrical units was able to explain, in that theory, all the variety of Greek versification. In lyric poetry, the measure of dimeter seems to have been the main component. In modern scholarship, with the decisive influence of August Boeckh, a new notion of ‘v…
Date: 2013-11-01

Period

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Author(s): Liana Lomiento
Abstract ‘Period’ indicates a certain metrical length, similar to the notion ‘verse’. In ancient rhythmical terminology it has the technical meaning of a sequence within which simple and unequal feet recur in a regular order (such as, for example, iambus and trochee). In modern scholarship it assumes the two distinct meanings, both related to the metric level, of ‘melic verse’ and ‘section of a strophe’. 1. Introduction ‘Period’ indicates a certain metrical length, similar to the notion ‘ verse’. In ancient rhythmical terminology it has the technical meaning of a…
Date: 2013-11-01

Song and Recitation

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Author(s): Liana Lomiento
Abstract In ancient Greece, the possible modes of performance of a poetic text were three: speaking or reciting, ‘recitative’, and singing. In song, the word-music relationship arises as an adaptation of the rhythmic pattern of singing to the metrical structure of the verbal chain, but a gap between the verbal text and the music gradually emerges. The other aspect concerning the musical performance of a text is the relationship between word accent and melodic intonation. In view of ancient eviden…
Date: 2013-11-01