193 Finally, it is a pity that the author does not take issue with a posi- tion taken by E. Wellesz in his commentary on the early christian hymn published in the fifteenth volume of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri 1). Wellesz postulates that this hymn shows a "principle of com- position (which) is to be found everywhere in the Middle East, but is unknown in old Greek music;.. /'. This remark suggests a radical break in the musical tradition of the Greeks due to christianization, which brought in a musical culture from the Middle East thus far unknown in Greece. I myself am inclined to take this viewpoint cum grano salis, but it would be interesting to hear an expert like Mr. Baud-Bovy on a question like this. But I wish, perhaps, for too much. Music-loving classical scholars will find much to their taste in Baud-Bovy's book. GRONINGEN, Pleiadenlaan 10-26 Klassiek Instituut, Sectie Middel- en Nieuwgrieks W . J . AERTS 1) These songs, flourishing already in the Greek communities of Anatolia, became also very popular in Greece when, after 1923, the Greek population was forced out of Turkey and came to Greece. Watched with suspicion by the authorities,
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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