Annotated Scholarly Source

Winnington-Ingram, R. P. Mode in Ancient Greek Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

R. P. Winnington-Ingram is an authority on Ancient Greek music theory, having written and edited several studies on the subject. This book’s main topic of discussion is the modal system of Ancient Greece, and specifically the connections between the systems of Aristoxenus and Ptolemy and the original Greek modes. The potential evidence for these connections are examined in detail, and ultimately the book asserts that it is impossible to conclusively prove or disprove anything beyond a certain level of loss. This book is part of the scholarly discussion upon which I can develop my description of the disconnect between the original Lydian mode and the Lydian tonoi, as well as a useful tool for understanding the systems of Aristoxenus and Ptolemy.