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Music and the MusesThe Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City$
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Penelope Murray and Peter Wilson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.001.0001

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Transforming the Nightingale: Aspects of Athenian Musical Discourse in the Late Fifth Century

Transforming the Nightingale: Aspects of Athenian Musical Discourse in the Late Fifth Century

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(p.185) 7 Transforming the Nightingale: Aspects of Athenian Musical Discourse in the Late Fifth Century
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Music and the Muses
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Andrew Barker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.003.0008

This chapter offers an interpretation of Aristophanes' Birds, focusing on the character of the Nightingale. It argues that the type of music she performs shows all the hall-marks of indiscriminate vulgarity associated with the New Music. Far from being a figure of beauty and charm, she represents the New Music, figured as a low-class female aulētris. It further argues that the part of the Nightingale might have been played by the regular aulete. By identifying this character with everything that is musically debased Aristophanes presents a satirical parody of the musical avant-garde.

Keywords:   Aristophanes, Birds, Nightingale, New Music, Aulete

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