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1. Ancient origins

In Greco-Roman antiquity, monodía (from mónos, “alone,” “solitary,” and odḗ, “song”) originally meant a “solo song” or a monologue, and was mostly known from Greek tragedy and comedy. Plato mentions monody in connection with sung performances of epic to lyre, kithara, and aulos (double flute) accompaniment. He distinguishes it from choral singing and discusses how an instrumental accompaniment could benefit monody but too many instruments could dro…

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Meine, Sabine, “Monody”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024229>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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