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Song and Recitation
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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 in…

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Liana Lomiento, “Song and Recitation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000319>
First published online: 2013

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