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3. Rhythm and Metre
About this Lecture
In this module, we introduce the metres and rhythms of tragic drama, thinking in particular about the dramatic effect of individual metres — ionic rhythm to represent something exotic and oriental, dochmiacs for moments of high passion or intense emotion, and so on.
In this course, Dr Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) explores the use of music in ancient tragedy, thinking in particular about the kinds of musical instruments that were used, the metre, rhythm, and melodies of tragic poetry. The course ends by looking in more detail at Euripides’ Medea, showing how and understanding of metre can enhance our reading of the play.
Dr D'Angour studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music (1976-9) before reading Literae Humaniores at Merton College, Oxford. After pursuing careers first in music and then in business, he obtained his PhD in Classics from University College London in 1998. In 2013-15 he will be pursuing research into ancient Greek music, supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
Dr D’Angour has published articles and chapters on classical subjects ranging from ancient Greek music to the poetry of Horace, and compositions in Greek and Latin verse. His book The Greeks and the New: Novelty in ancient Greek imagination and experience was published by CUP in 2011. In 2004 his Pindaric Ode to Athens was recited at the Olympic Games, and an Ode commissioned by the Mayor of London was presented at the London Olympics 2012.
Cite this Lecture
D'Angour, A. (2018, August 15). Greek Theatre: Music and Song - Rhythm and Metre [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/greek-tragedy-the-music-of-greek-tragedy/rhythm-and-metre
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