The Archaeology of Sound, Acoustics & Music: Studies in Honour of Cajsa S. Lund

Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology, Vol. 3

The Birth of European Music from the Spirit of the Lyre

Stefan Hagel

A possible connection between the “Guidonian hexachord”, along with the Sapphic melody with which it is associated, and the early medieval “Northern” lyre is suggested. The uniform tuning of the latter is argued to fit well within certain strands of “Western” music as it emerges in the late Middle Ages, as opposed to the “Mediterranean” music of Antiquity, which informed medieval music theory and the tradition of church chant.

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