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Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater

Naomi A. Weiss


The Music of Tragedy offers a new approach to the study of classical Greek theater by examining the use of musical language, imagery, and performance in the late work of Euripides. Drawing on the ancient conception of mousikē, in which words, song, dance, and instrumental accompaniment were closely linked, Naomi Weiss emphasizes the interplay of performance and imagination—the connection between the chorus’s own live singing and dancing in the theater and the images of music-making that frequently appear in their songs. Through detailed readings of four plays, she argues that the mousikē refer ... More

Keywords: Greek theater, tragedy, Euripides, chorus, music, dance, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295902
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi A. Weiss, author
Harvard University