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Music

Alexander Lingas

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199252466.013.0087

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

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The literary and physical evidence for Byzantine music, the study of which is in many cases still at preliminary stages, includes treatises of music theory, lyrics (with or without musical notation), literary references to music and musicians, depictions of music-making in visual art, and the archaeology of churches and other performance venues. This article presents a brief survey of musical culture in the Byzantine Empire from its foundations in the cosmopolitan cities and monastic deserts of the late antique Mediterranean to 1453. It discusses pagan and secular music, Christianity and music, psalmody in Constantinople and Palestine, liturgical music from the Stoudites to the Ottoman Conquest, liturgical music under the Palaiologans, non-liturgical music and musical instruments, ceremonial and military music, and secular entertainment and folk songs.

Keywords: Byzantine Empire; music; musical culture; Christianity; psalmody; Constantinople; Palestine; liturgical music; folk songs; musical instruments

Article.  8568 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception ; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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