Rediscovering Ancient Greek Music (2017)

Rediscovering Ancient Greek Music (2017)

100 thoughts on “Rediscovering Ancient Greek Music (2017)

  1. Now that’s classic” rock!

  2. Very cool. In the slower bits I can clearly hear the connection with reconstructed medieval music. Also, slow down the fast-tempo bits, and you've got a Gregorian chant. Perhaps more of this music has survived than we thought…

    Love how the guys in the chorus are shouting with their faces, so to speak.

  3. I wish that more ancient music could be rediscovered! From all over Europe.

  4. ancient greek ghosts like "oh come on, i JUST managed to get that song out of my head"

  5. Excellent concert

  6. I love the kind of things dedicated history nerds can do. This is just impressive, and it sounds good.

  7. I just feel intellectually it was incredible – but none was as powerful as the second one.

  8. Reconstructions like this are always so fascinating. Thanks for putting this together!

  9. So we know which pitches were available from the reconstructed instruments. That I have no problem with. And Prof. D'Angour states that the letters above the texts indicate the sung pitches. Which causes me to wonder, how do you match them up? It's not as though there is a continuous and reliable tradition, such as Torah cantillation, nor a specific reference such as the table of ornaments that JS Bach provided for his eldest son WFE. Is there some sort of (pardon my choice of metaphor) Rosetta Stone supplying the missing information?
    I'm reminded of Dr. Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura, who DID have cantillation marks available for study, but whose scholarship (exemplified by her best-known work, "La musique de la Bible revélée") is still regarded as based largely on speculation.
    I'm not denying that the results sound thrilling, but I get the feeling there is a fair amount of invention here and not nearly as much rigor.
    Yes, I'm a musicologist by training (B.Mus., San Francisco State Univ., 1979; M.A., Univ. of Minnesota, 1983), but my main interest is in performance practice of 19the century Western European orchestral repertoire, so I admit I'm way out on a limb here.

  10. I love this, I’ve done a lot of studying of ancient cultures and it’s awesome to not just see their art and know their history, but to hear their music. Thankyou to all the scholars and musicians who must have worked on this.

  11. I appreciate the history of this

  12. Zeus awakens

  13. Thank you for your efforts ! 😊

    I really appreciate it 👍🏻

  14. This brought such emotion that I can't describe. How amazing to be so lucky to hear this ancient piece of music. To know the melodies and instruments in a way that touches your soul

  15. The aulos music was amazing.

  16. 1000000000000000 ++++ bravooooo 🙂 congraculation !!

  17. tears comes on eyes … when i see the effort to reborn what was washed by ages ….

    trullly what was lost comes back again

    reminding us what was to be hellen ( ancient greek)

    congratulations …. !!!

  18. The old ones must be happy to hear their music played once again. Simply wonderful

  19. its like the transition point to old medieval european music and old middle eastern music

  20. Awesome!

  21. Fascinating

  22. Bah… wish we could go back as historians and record it all. Absolutely fascinating.

  23. Amazing!!!

  24. This is incredible! Wonderful work by such talented people. The lyrics at the end were especially interesting.

  25. Love the passion these scholars have for their work

  26. Nice work ! In my opinion this kind of music was played for nobles/high placed people. Popular music should have been more dynamic/rythmic. Actually it really sound like medieval court's music. Moreover I think only "important" music (the one for the nobles) was written.

  27. I can't believe how beautiful the Aulos can be!

  28. Αυτή η μουσική πρέπει να κοινοποιηθεί απανταχού στην Ελλάδα και σε όλο τον κόσμο και να διδάσκεται και σε σχολεία

  29. Really amazing music, we have music like this today because of the Greeks!

  30. Bravo!

  31. Beyond amazing!

  32. This music really changes how I think about greek myth. To hear the music ancient greece thought was right to accompany their gods and heroes gives the myths a complet new context for me

  33. There is a real possibility that this music is even more beautiful than the music it is trying to replicate.

  34. I have never seen someone play 2 pipes at the same time,amazing

  35. I am amazed because I always imagined Socrates, Plato and the other gentlemen to be strolling around and chatting to the sound of peaceful and simplistic harp music.
    This is crazy!

  36. just two words, two words: W-OW!!!

  37. It's sounded like a Baroque music, but the piper, is really amazing he reminds me the works of Orff's Carmina Burana. This is so amazing!! Bravo!! Toi! Toi! Toi!

  38. Wish I could talk about my job proudly the way this piper does

  39. Brilliant

  40. I could listen to that first piper during the concert all day long. I wonder if there are any recordings of him somewhere for purchase.

  41. Interesting…As a Greek l don't find the melodies totally strange, l can make links with Greek traditional songs and byzantine religious hymns. Nice approach.

  42. Poetry and plays need ideally be savored through (hearing them) being spoken and/or sung. This is poetry come alive in the best of ways, IMO.

  43. Very cool. Nice work!

  44. The nearest, to Ancient Greek music, are traditional songs from the region of Epirus. It is the only traditional Greek music still existing which uses pentatonic scale. (Pentatonic= πέντε+τόνοι (five+notes))

  45. Amazing and most precious work of rescuing ancient music, thank you ever so much for uploading this here! Sharing, for sure!

  46. All western peoples should absolutely cherish this, our founding fathers heard this music. Bless you all.

  47. The Aulos (or variants) was very common outside Greece in Balkans during Classical Era. It is thought that in the rural parts of Central Albania and mountains of Southern Albania the music produced with the Aulos was kinda similar to the ones being used in Folk Albanian music today. The Aulos is used as a symphonic instrument where the right does the melody and the left does the "response", this music was also transferred to Vocal songs, the Labçe Songs (këngë Labçe in Albanian). I think if more studies were made in rural places that were in contact with the beauty of Ancient Greece we would find more answers and perform even a more original and more possible version of an old Greek or Greco-Balcanic folk music

  48. Thrilling!

    Greek drama is always thrilling, but if indeed these are the authentic sounds of what a Greek performance would have sounded like, then Rodgers and Hammerstein and Gershwin be darned, your ancestors are singing again!

  49. Awesome to the extreme. Brilliant project.

  50. 8:18
    This guy…

    is one talented motherfucker, holy shit

  51. Beautiful. The circular breathing improvisation is amazing!

  52. Really amazing. Please continue your work, and uncover more music… It doesn't matter where it's from. It's great.

  53. 10:29 to 10:36 oh my God that sounds like the music of Epirus so fricking much 😃 i can even tell you exactly the region/type of this music , its almost Pogonisios ( minus the "spiciness" , long "solos" and drums of it ) , its amazing to hear that as a Greek and makes me appreciate my ancestors so much for preserving that , some parts sound Thracian too .. and i think part of this musician's performance was a bit "westernized" aswell but still .. here are some exambles of Epirus ( Pogonisios ) music , 👍

  54. Wonderful work of scholarship and musicianship alike! The ancient "enthusiasm" hasn't vanished yet. Can't help thinking that the late Martin West would have loved to hear these reconstructions.

  55. Nunca pensei ser possível ouvir tocar os instrumentos que se veem na decoração de vasos gregos .Muito interessante

  56. What a pleasant surprise!! Brilliant!! Congratulations to all those who have made this wonder possible

  57. Wow!! Absolutely incredible. I can’t imagine the painstaking research required to bring this project into public view. I’m in awe of your work to every person playing an ancient instrument, to those trying to sing a dead language. Absolutely breathtaking to hear it all

  58. Amazing stuff, both from a historical and technical perspective. I never knew Callum was so well regarded as an Aulos player – in the Scottish/Irish trad scene he's a renowned multidisciplinary piper!

  59. I am impressed by this! Actually, I listened to ancient latin music on you tube and it's totally different. I think, after all, the greeks did not influenced roman culture in music topic, although books says the opposite…

  60. Please make the melody at 9:30 a song and release it. All of us want more of it

  61. Who on earth could've actually disliked this video, its absolutely amazing!!!

  62. Poems were written accompanied by music as songs. This is true for many other civilisations too, including Chinese. I hope classists in China could manage to recover some 3000 year old songs whose lyrics we learned in school.

  63. That dual pipe improvisation was AMAZING. There are tears rolling down my cheeks.

  64. So beautiful!

  65. Fascinating! Thank you for posting this.

  66. Dude that double pipe solo shreds

  67. Thank you for your work!!

  68. Hauntingly beautiful music… but 245 Miley Cyrus groupies, say no with a resounding thumbs down…

  69. Fascinating!

  70. As someone about to study music and classics I am in complete awe with this

  71. This music has such dynamic and organic feel to it, truly amazing.

  72. Circular breathing requires you to puff out your cheeks and contort your lips. The Ancient Hellenic texts claim that the Aulos was invented by Athena who immediately threw it away after she saw how it contorted her face when she played. This implies that the Ancient Greeks had already invented the technique for circular breathing by the time the Aulos was invented. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

  73. Υπέροχο.

  74. It sounds like a whole orchestra at 9:00

  75. Thank you … amazing …

  76. If you want to see and listen to what actually is the closest surviving music of the ancient Greeks, then you'll have to search here on YT for the Pyrrhichios Dance (Pyrrhic Dance), which as Homer, Plato and other ancient authors wrote, it was the warlike dance of the Greeks. Pyrrhic is the ancient most dance of the Greeks and it's music survived to this day. Variations of Pyrrhic was danced in many different places of the Greek world (Sparta, Crete, the Black Sea, Cyprus, etc). These variations we see to this day.
    Plato, "The Laws," 851a,
    ὄρχησιν λέγοι. τὴν πολεμικὴν δὴ τούτων, ἄλλην οὖσαν τῆς εἰρηνικῆς, πυρρίχην ἄν τις ὀρθῶς προσαγορεύοι, τάς τε εὐλαβείας πασῶν πληγῶν καὶ βολῶν ἐκνεύσεσι καὶ ὑπείξει πάσῃ καὶ ἐκπηδήσεσιν ἐν ὕψει καὶ σὺν ταπεινώσει μιμουμένην, καὶ τὰς ταύταις ἐναντίας, τὰς ἐπὶ τὰ δραστικὰ φερομένας αὖ σχήματα, ἔν τε ταῖς τῶν τόξων βολαῖς καὶ ἀκοντίων καὶ πασῶν πληγῶν μιμήματα ἐπιχειρούσας μιμεῖσθαι· τό τε ὀρθὸν ἐν τούτοις καὶ τὸ εὔτονον, τῶν ἀγαθῶν σωμάτων (815β) καὶ ψυχῶν ὁπόταν γίγνηται μίμημα, εὐθυφερὲς ὡς τὸ πολὺ τῶν τοῦ σώματος μελῶν γιγνόμενον, ὀρθὸν..
    An amateur translation:
    the warlike dance that differs from the peaceful one, we could call it pyrrichios. It imitates, on one hand, the moves that one does to avoid all the hits that come from a close distance and from afar; to fall to the side, to recede, to jump high, to fall low; and on the other hand, the opposite moves which try to imitate the aggressive postures, the arrows, that is, the arrows and the kicks of the spear, and the gestures that imitate all kinds of hits. The proper and the coordinated that exists in these dances when imitating the beautiful bodies and the beautiful souls, takes place when all the members of the body maintain the straightness of its lines..

    I found the radio programme that broadcasted this recording for whoever would like to listen to it

  78. that aulos solo was stunning T.T

  79. I recognize the brilliance of those who put together the ancient instruments and uncovered the meter and melody, however, the choir and its director are pathetic.

  80. so cool

  81. What a beautiful result!
    Thank you for your research, dedication and hard work!
    Such an 'acoustic' delight! 🎶🎵🎼

  82. Without this research being done, the music in Assassin's Creed Odyssey would have been far worse. This is just incredible, such a delight for the ears.

  83. this video made me found my dream flute…. the aulos. i play flute since i was a kid, always searched for that special sound to just go sit somewhere in the forest and play like its a dream lol, but this aulos is just the thing i am looking for

  84. Is there correspondence between the aulos performance and extant traditions of related instruments such as the mijwiz or launeddas?

  85. 9:46 onwards is amazingly smooth

  86. Great achievement in music, history and science! Unbelievable! Thank you very much!

  87. Does an album or recording exist? I agree with Ira. An achievment in history and music.

  88. Wonderful project, great aulos! The choir needs a more professional one.

  89. Dr D'Angour,
    Thank you for combining your musical talent with a meticulous study of the classical evidence to reviving words that were composed to be sung to a tune, and thereby opening up these awesome texts to many more people than they might have done. The richness of the musical accompaniment and the multiplicity of voices (just a taste of some 50-strong choroi at dramatic festivals) comes together in such a captivating way.
    Like this project and your metrical lectures, I really anticipate more to come on classical music; though the surviving literary texts tend to be quite classical-Athenocentric, it would also be wonderful to learn more about music across the Hellenic world too. 🙂

  90. 08:55

  91. wow!

  92. This is amazing!

  93. The sound is actually amazing!

  94. The notes of the first song is so close to the Karnatak classical ragam, Malahari.

  95. Love it!

  96. yeah this is really awesome. I was sitting here stoned my ass, thinking to myself, I wonder what ancient Greek music sounded like? Search YouTube and found a guy who not only thought that but decided to go figure it out. Awesome video.

  97. So cool!!!!

  98. These guys are good. Need more releases like this made these days.

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  100. OMG I hear that someone is off key or they aren't organized right but damn its hard to not hear

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