Moisa Summer School in Ancient Greek Music

Second International edition

29 June - 3 July 2015
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Department of Humanities, via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento, Italy - Room 001

Following the great success of last year’s event, the University of Trento is pleased to host the second Moisa Summer School in Ancient Greek Music. This event aims at bringing together for five days many of the most renowned specialists in the field of ancient Greek music and provide excellent academic introductions to the numerous disciplines involved in these studies – by nature interdisciplinary, given the complex character of the Greek concept of μουσική.
The Summer School aims at providing students with a detailed and comprehensive overview of the most important issues involved in the study of ancient Greek music, both in terms of musical theory and instrumental performance. In addition, the students will be introduced to the key theoretical concepts employed in these studies and to the bibliographic resources they may use to pursue further studies independently.


  • Prof. Fulvia de Luise (Università di Trento)
  • Prof. Giorgio Ieranò (Università di Trento)
  • Dr. Tosca Lynch (Austrian Academy of Sciences - Vienna; Università di Trento)


June 29

(Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Trento)
15.00 - 18.30

  • Opening remarks and introduction to the School
  • Eleonora Rocconi (Università di Pavia–Cremona)
    Music and the Muses in Greek life: private and public musical performances
  • Discussion

June 30

(Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Trento)
9.30 - 13.30

  • Andrew Barker (University of Birmingham)
  • ‘Aristoxenus’ and ‘Pythagoras’: two opposite approaches to Harmonics in Ancient Greece
  • Discussion

15.00 – 18.30

  • Eleonora Rocconi (Università di Pavia–Cremona)
    Choreia: Music, dance and the body 
  • Tosca Lynch (Austrian Academy of Sciences–Vienna)
    Plato and Music
  • Discussion

21.00  Evening Lecture (Spazio archeologico Sotterraneo, Piazza Battisti)

  • Pauline LeVen (University of Yale) 
    Soundings in Greek aesthetics: the case of animal music
    Chair: Giorgio Ieranò

July 1st

(Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Trento)
9.30 - 13.30

  • Egert Pöhlmann (Universität Erlangen)
    Ancient Greek Musical Notation: from theory to practice
  • Exercises and discussion

15.00 - 18.30

  • Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford)
    Greek metre and rhythmics 
  • Donatella Restani (Università di Bologna–Ravenna)
    Ancient Greek music in the modern world
  • Discussion

July 2nd

(Spazio Archeologico Sotterraneo, Piazza Battisti)
9.30 - 13.30

  • Daniela Castaldo (Università del Salento–Lecce)
    How is Iconography useful in the study of ancient Greek Music?
  • Guest Lecture – Lana Neal (University of Texas at Austin)
    The Earliest Instrument – Ritual Power and Fertility Magic of the Flute in Upper Palaeolithic Culture
  • Discussion

15.00 - 17.00

  • David Creese (University of Newcastle)
    Hearing numbers, Seeing sounds: The Monochord and the science of Harmonics 
  • Discussion

17.30 - 19.30

  • Stefan Hagel (Austrian Academy of Sciences–Vienna)
    Ancient Greek Musical Instruments: archaeology, organology and playing techniques, with live demonstrations of auloi and lyrai
  • Discussion

July 3rd

(Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Trento)
9.30 - 13.00

  • Final test followed by group discussion