How did ancient Greek music sound?
We are starting to find out!
"...new revelations about ancient Greek music have emerged from a few
dozen ancient documents inscribed with a vocal notation devised around
450 BC, consisting of alphabetic letters and signs placed above the
vowels of the Greek words"
"The Greeks had worked out the mathematical ratios of musical
intervals - an octave is 2:1, a fifth 3:2, a fourth 4:3, and so on"
"The notation gives an accurate indication of relative pitch:
letter A at the top of the scale, for instance, represents a musical
note a fifth higher than N halfway down the alphabet. Absolute pitch can
be worked out from the vocal ranges required to sing the surviving