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Joseph Kerman On The History Of Music

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on October 30, 2002 20:26:43 UTC

Turns out I just read this book while waiting for installation of new tires and battery.

According to Kerman, Plato was the first to perscribe good from bad music. The human voice, for example, is the best instrument. Various harps are next. Drums are profane and only the orgaistic cults of Dionysus and Cebelle were allowed to play them, and only by women at that.

This separation of good from bad music carried into the Christian church, as typified by the chants of St. Gregory. Rhythm was not even allowed until the Renaissance. Before this time the only drummers were court jesters. So we see that the church had a negative influence on music as well as science.

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