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Title: A typological and iconographic investigation of musical instruments in Iron Age Greece and Cyprus (11th-7th centuries BC)
Author: Kolotourou, Aikaterini
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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Musical imagery provides an iconographic link between the Late Bronze Age and the passage to the Early Iron Age in Greece and Cyprus. The thematic link provided by this particular genre is very important because of the semantic value of musical scenes. The performance of music as a patterned behaviour is associated with fundamental patterns of behaviour such as ritual. In addition, like all forms of art, the creation and performance of music is a social act closely linked to other social events, groups of people, hierarchies, and the beliefs and trends of a given society. Therefore, the creation of a musical scene alluding to actual experiences of musical performances is automatically a reference to these sets of concepts, irrespective of whether an image is representing a specific performance or not. This thesis examines the iconography of musical instruments in Greece and Cyprus from the 11th to the 7th centuries BC. The work focuses on all types of artefacts with musical iconography, including two- and three-dimensional representations. In order to analyse the musical scenes, the first step is to establish a typology of Greek and Cypriote musical instruments in connection with the current ethnomusicological research and organological classification systems. Following the instrumental analysis, further iconographical issues such as style, compositional syntax and the individual motifs of an image are dealt with. Morphology, playing technique, the symbolic meaning of the playing of an instrument and the establishment of or the change in a trend in music can be manifested visually in a musical scene and are open to a certain degree to iconographic analysis. The ultimate aim of this work is hermeneutical penetration and interpretation of the scenes, the understanding of the meaning they held for their contemporary viewer. The work comprises an illustrated catalogue of Early Iron Age musical scenes and a catalogue of surviving musical instruments from Greece and Cyprus.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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