An Ancient Christian Hymn with Musical Notation: Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786 : Text and Commentary

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Mohr Siebeck, 2011 - Music - 232 pages
In this book, Charles Cosgrove undertakes a comprehensive examination of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786, an ancient Greek Christian hymn dating to the late third century that offers the most ancient surviving example of a notated Christian melody. The author analyzes the text and music of the hymn, situating it in the context of the Greek literary and hymnic tradition, ancient Greek music, early Christian liturgy and devotion, and the social setting of Oxyrhynchus circa 300 C.E. The broad sweep of the commentary touches the interests of classical philologists, specialists in ancient Greek music, church historians, and students of church music history.
 

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Contents

Wellesz and Holleman
6
Text and Musical Notation
13
The Greek Musical Notation System
28
The Arsis Pointing
34
Interpretation of the Text
37
While We Hymn line 3
47
Concluding Summary
62
Deictic SelfReferentiality
73
Greek Music Culture at Oxyrhynchus
140
The Performance Setting of P Oxy 1786
146
Pitch Centers and Tonal Structure in Ancient Greek
157
Applications of Greek Music Theory to the Surviving Musical
164
Temporal Priority and Finality
177
Cadences
179
Discography
195
Index of Subjects and Names
213

Musical Analysis
83
Melodic Hierarchy Among Tones
89
Social Setting
129

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About the author (2011)

Charles H. Cosgrove, Studied at University of Tubingen (Germany), Instituto Superior Evangelico De Estudios Teologicos (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago); M. Div. Bethel Theological Seminary; PhD Princeton Theological Seminary; Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois (USA) from 1984-2011; Starting July, 2011: Professor of Early Christian Literature, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois (USA).

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