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Unformatted text preview: tuned major 3rds (i.e. C-E, E-G#, Ab-C) and an octave (C-C), and is consequently smaller than a half step. DURATIONAL SIGNS The rhythm of Greek vocal music generally followed meter and rhythm of the spoken poetry, but those rhythms could be notated and modified by various symbols. An unmarked duration is usually the smallest note value ( chronos protos ), while two durational signs indicated a doubling or tripling of the unmarked value (see table below). Durational signs were placed above the pitch symbol. Two pitches under one rhythmic sign usually indicates a melisma with each note getting half the total value of the sign, or the unequal “short-long” of an iamb. The meaning of the dots “. ” or stigmai used in Greek notation is still under debate. chronos protos You can see both the pitch notation and durational signs in the Song of Seikilos (below)....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course MUSC 12 at San Jose State University .