Music in ancient Greece was an essential element in their everyday life. Greek life was marked by many traditions because there were many occasions for people to come together such as religious festivals, marriages and funerals. Music was a main component in these occasions. This essay basically discusses the music of ancient Greece with respect to its ethical and moral qualities. The essay concludes that parallels that can be drawn on the discussions on ancient Greece music and contemporary music.
While the physical remains of musical instruments helped in understanding the type of music, and there are also supportive evidence in the form of vase paintings and sculpture. Actually, these paintings depict the type of instruments that were used popularly. Three particular instruments of Greece music is often depicted in these archaeological excavations. They are composition and performance style instruments. The primary of them is the kithara. The kithara is a form of a plucked string instrument. Other stringed instrument that often figures in their works is the lyre which is very popular in current times also. Also, the aulos which is a double-reed instrument was popular. Most of the Greek men attempted playing on these instruments. They trained for competency and not just playing. Chorla dances used to accompany these instruments. Instrumental music was not only used for occasions, but also they were performed ever day at specific times in the day. The singing of a hymn for instance would be a more formal music performance; on the other hand there was also music that was for informal tasks. Hymn music was used for worship at home. Women made music for their homes in order to suit their chores.