1st Edition

Aristoxenus of Tarentum and the Birth of Musicology

By Sophie Gibson Copyright 2005
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    Aristoxenus made an enormous contribution to the development of music theory in antiquity. Despite his Pythagorean upbringing, he rejected Pythagorean methods of harmonics which focused on the mathematical significance of musical structures and instead applied a scientific methodology appropriated from Aristotle. This volume studies the theories of Aristoxenus.

    1. Harmonic Theory before Aristoxenus
    2. The Influence of Aristotle on Aristoxenus' Harmonic Science
    3. The Harmonics
    4. The Rhythmics
    5. Not the Harmonics
    6. Musical Theory after Aristoxenus


    Sophie Gibson, an independent scholar, received her Ph.D. from Oxford University in 2002.

    'A valuable contribution to classical studies' - Early Music