Calling The Muse - Ancient Music of Greece
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Calling The Muse
Mesomedes of Crete, a Greek lyric poet, lived during the 2nd century. He was a freedman and court musician to the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138 CE). Among many other works, he composed a Hymn to the Muse, Calliope.
Unfortunately for those of us who research ancient music, very little of the ancient Greek written music survives and most of the oldest surviving examples date to the third century BC, and they are, for the most part, only fragments. Most of the works with music notation complete enough for performance were composed in the Greco-Roman period by Mesomedes.
We have created PDF files of multi-part notation arrangements of three pieces of music by Mesomedes.
The arrangements are instrumental examples of what can be created with these melodies using our modern "equal temperament" tuning, transforming the melodies from the ancient Greek tunings, to be performed on our modern instruments.
Instruments include a melody instrument, guitar (with chord names) keyboard, harp, bass notes.
Hymn To The Muse
Hymn To The Sun
Hymn To Nemesis
You can listen to MP3 examples of these arrangements at: