By: Katelyn Manfre
Aulos- A wind instrument that was invented by Athena according to Mythology. It was typically made of cane, wood, or metal and had three or four finger holes. The Aulos was played in festivals, processions of births and deaths, athletic games, other social occasions, and performances of tragedy in theatre. It was associated with the god Dionysos like Pipes were.
- Though we do not know the exact sound of how ancient Greeks played these instruments in music, through descriptions, paintings, and archaeologists findings, we have been able to predict how it might've been performed. Recently a few dozen ancient documents were found that had writings of vocal notation made around 450 BC that had alphabetic letters and signs placed above the vowels of the Greek words. These notations helped to find basic pitches that matched with it, similar to some folk music played today.
- David Creese, a professor at the University of Newcastle was able to loosely perform a song from the ancient Greeks. The lyrics performed translated to: The lyrics performed translated to:
never let your mood decline.
We've a brief span of life to spend:
Time necessitates an end.
- These lyrics were found inscribed on a marble column dating back to around 200 AD.