Ancient Greek Culture

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Let’s take you back, way back, back into time, back to Early Greece. There are a lot of things that set early Greece apart from all the other chapters in the book. First off, I am a musically inclined girl who has grown up around music all of my life. I guess that is one reason why I have chosen the field that I am studying right now. I feel that it was always interesting to learn about Ancient Greece and its culture in music and poems. Not only does it set music apart, but it also tells an interesting tale with its art, literature, architecture, important people, and historical significance or relevance. Now you know that I am a girl who enjoys a great tune and also enjoys delving in the history and culture of many ancient cities. Now let’s get started.
One thing that sets Ancient Greece apart from all the other ancient cities is its true reveal of music. Back in the day, they did not think of a song being like the current songs. “Music was essential to the pattern and texture of Greek life, as it was an important feature of religious festivals, marriage and funeral rites, and banquet gatherings” (Hemingway, 2000—). They typically just had instrumentals that consisted of a kithara (a plucked string instrument), the lyre (also a string instrument), and the aulos (a double-reed instrument). These instruments are very similar to a harp and a piccolo. Even though they had a lot of instrumentals, they also had a lot of lyric poems that were played in conjunction with a lyre. Music was basically played by ear. Even though there were many styles, the ancient Greeks often played in monophonic style which consisted of a single unaccompanied melodic line; however, when they performed they would often use the heterophony style which cons...

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