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Counter This second volume of Greek musical writings contains important texts on harmonic and acoustic theory, illustrating the progress of these sciences from their beginnings in the sixth century B.C. over the subsequent thousand years. Writers represented include Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Aristoxenous, Ptolemy and Aristides. All the Greek texts are newly translated by the editor. Some replace inadequate existing translations; other, significant portions of the book include much that is essential for an understanding of medieval and Renaissance musicology, and have not previously been published in English. Dr. Barker provides detailed and authoritative commentary and annotations to all the texts. Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay and some of the more complex issues are discussed further in appendices.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Music, Greek and Roman Sources, Music To 500 Sources