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The Extant Melodies and Fragments. Tom Phillips and Armand D’Angour eds. The Prosody of Greek Speech. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This is where the stele has since been located inventory number: Belknap Press for Harvard University Press. Documents of Ancient Greek Music: Acta MusicologicaVol.

Another possible partial reconstruction could be. The Harvard Dictionary of Music, fourth edition. Problems playing this file?

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Epitaph of Seikilos Melody sung in an approximation of Koine Greek pronunciation and in modern popular vocal style. Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The tombstone has an inscription on it, which reads in Greek:. Another view, by Soloman, is that the stigmai “signify a rhythmical emphasis”. Melody sung in an approximation of Koine Greek pronunciation and in modern popular vocal style.

According to one source the stele was then lost and rediscovered in Smyrna inat about the end of the Greco-Turkish War of — This piece is … [in] Phrygic the D mode with its tonic in the same relative position as that of the Epittafio. The following is the Greek text found on the tombstone in the later polytonic script; the original is in majuscule[Notes 1] along with a transliteration of the words which are sung to the melody, and a somewhat free English translation thereof; this excludes the musical notation:.

Stefan Hagel, however, argues that this does not preclude the possibility that within the thesis and arsis there was a further hierarchy of strong and weak notes.


Is it an ictus mark, does it indicate stress, does it show arsis or thesis, and which part of the foot ought to be called arsis? There fpitafio other places also where the initial syllable of a clause starts on a low note in the music. American Journal of Philology Winter: The epitaph has been variously dated, but seems to be either from the 1st or the 2nd century AD. The Pitch Height Rule”.

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Studies in the History of Music Theory and Literature 1. The Epitaph was discovered in by Sir W. Stefan Hagel, discussing an example in the Anonymus Bellermannisuggests the possibility of a similar transcription with displaced barlines of a line of music with this same rhythm.

A possible alternative way of rhythmizing the Seikilos song, in order to preserve the iambic ‘rising’, di-dum feel of the rhythm, was recently suggested by Armand D’Angour, with the barlines displaced one quaver to the right, as in the following transcription: Views Read Edit View history.

From an ancient Greek rhythmician’s point of view, therefore, in Lynch’s opinion the conventional transcription is to be preferred. University of Nebraska Press. Although the epitaph’s melody is “clearly structured around a single octave, … the sei,ilos emphasizes the mese by position … rather than the mese by function”.

Seikilos epitaph

One authority states that on grounds of paleography the inscription can be “securely dated to the first century C. The inscription above each line of the lyrics transcribed here in polytonic scriptconsists of letters and signs indicating the melody of the song: While older music with notation exists for example the Hurrian songsall of it is in fragments; the Seikilos epitaph is unique in that it is a complete, though short, composition.


According to an ancient source preserved as the Anonymus Bellermannithey represent an ‘ arsis ‘, which has been taken to mean a kind of ‘upbeat’ ‘arsis’ means ‘raising’ in Greek ; Armand D’Angour argues, however, that this does not rule out the possibility of a dynamic stress on the upbeat.

It remained there until the defeat of the Greeks, having been taken by the Dutch Consul for safe keeping during the war; the Consul’s son-in-law epitavio brought it by way of Constantinople and Stockholm to The Hague ; it remained therein untilwhen it was acquired by the Department of Antiquites seikkilos the National Museum of Denmark Nationalmuseeta museum situated at Copenhagen.

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The last two surviving words on the tombstone itself are with the bracketed characters denoting a partial possible reconstruction of eepitafio lacuna or of a possible name abbreviation [4]. Randel, Don Michael ed. When one attempts to sing the piece according to such dynamic accentuation If the Anonymus Bellermanni source is correct, this implies that whole of the first half of each double-foot bar or measure is the thesis, and the whole of the second half is the arsis. Although the transcription of the melody is unproblematic, there is some disagreement about the nature of the melodic material itself.