Muses blessed mortal and immortal beings with their love of music. The Muses would pour some sort of dew on the tongues of individuals they choose to honor. Then the person would express words of thanks. Princes and kings are created by Zeus but there are certain princes and kings who also have the blessings of the Muses. Those who have been blessed by the Muses will be conspicuous in their speech and the way they look. Great quarrels will be resolved with gentle words and disputes in assemblies will be set right by leaders who have been blessed by the Muses. Leaders empowered by the Muses will be treated with the reverence accorded the Immortals when they are in the company of ordinary men ...view middle of the document...
This discovery made it possible for other musicians to use Pythagoras’ theory of building buildings to amplify sounds of vocalist and instrumentalist.
Important Percussion Instruments
There are three main categories of instruments that were produced during Ancient Greece: Percussion, Strings, and Wind. The most prominent percussion instruments were the krotalon, kymvalon, siesteron, and typanon. The instruments percussion instruments were not used only for producing music but were also used in religious ceremonies and worship. The krotalon were an early form the modern day castanets. These musically rattles had a long piece of tuned bone or wood that is suspended at one end from a hand held frame. Then at the appositive end of the frame two finger sized pieces of wood or bone were connect at their ends to make the pieces of wood produce at clapping sound. This instrument was used by dancers in the worship of Dionysus and Kybele the rattles were also used by Hercules to frighten away the Stymphalian Birds during his Sixth Labor.
Kymvalon was made from metal version of Krotalon. This instrument’s main purpose was to worship Dionysus. Seistron was an early from of modern rattle .It consisted of a handle and U-shaped frame that had either moving parallel rods (striking in its walls), or constant rods with moving perforated noise-making objects. However, this instrument was not Grecian it was actually Egyptians. The Egyptian version was commonly associated with Isis.
The Tympanon was more of a Roman invented instrument. It was primarily played by women and was mainly used in religious worship such as the Bacchanalia, a Roman festival of Bacchus.
Important String Instruments
The most widely used and popular string instrument in Ancient Greece was the lyre as it was played not only by professional musicians. Plato cited the lyre as the only instrument to teach . This was a symbol commonly associated with Apollo and was not used in outdoor performances. There are two main types of lyres that were main during the time period: bowl and box. When Hermes crafted Apollo’s lyre he used a tortoise shell to construct more a bowl shaped bottom. Two wooden arms are placed on each side of the hollowed out turtle shell. At the bottom of shell three to six small holes are drilled to string the strings. Most stringed instruments during the time had strings that were made from sheep gut.
The Phorminx was the musical instrument that was primarily used as part of young people’s education and could be characterized as the national instrument of the ancient Greeks. Perhaps it is the earliest form of the ancient guitar and was mainly associated with the presentation of Homeric epics and rhapsodies. It was considered to be a sacred instrument and perhaps the second oldest string instrument.
The next stringed instrument was the kitharis. It was usually designed with a square base and considered a demanding instrument as it required skillful playing therefore it was...