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Music From Ancient Greece

This week, a look back at a land before time: the music of Ancient Greece.


Photo: Wolfgang Rieger

Female musician playing a flute (aulos). Detail of a Roman mosaic of a street scene with musicians from the Villa del Cicerone in Pompeii. Ther mosaic is signed by Dioskurides of Samos

Music existed in ancient Greece in much the same way it exists today. They would have music during parties, while working, during religious events or special occasions… As the Greek author Aristides Quintilianus said in the third century, “There is certainly no action among men that is carried out without music.”

Having said that, music has changed significantly since Quintilianus wrote these words. But that’s what makes Conrad Steinmann’s album, Echo, so interesting. Yes, all of the works are played on recreations of ancient instruments, and some of the works are written by Steinmann himself but others are reconstructions of what the music from that time might have sounded like.

Conrad Steinmann: Hierax I
Conrad Steinmann — Echo (Divox, 2001)
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Conrad Steinmann — Echo (Divox, 2001)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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  • Paolme

    We don’t know about music of Ancient Greece. Business?

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