Several generations after Pythagoras, a group of people calling themselves The Harmonists developed dozens of other scales. In this chapter I demonstrate the traditional ancient Greek modes, plus dozens of more obscure ancient Greek modes from other centuries. For example, Danielou’s version of the Olympos scale, which I used in my song “Late Have I Loved You,” was developed in 650 B.C. It evokes hope on the ascent and melancholy as it descends, and two different pitches are used for the Db’s.
Some Greeks chafed at the heavily structured theoretical systems of Pythagoras and the generations of theorists who followed him. I would be interested to hear the actual music of Timotheus of Miletus, for example. In the Golden Age of Pericles, when music theory was in full flower, he probably rejected these constructs, as you may surmise from these lyrics to one of his pop hits:
I do not sing the old things,
Because the new are the winners.
Zeus the young is king today;
Once it was Kronos ruling.
Go to Hell, old dame Music!…
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