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Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome$
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Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044743

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.001.0001

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La Folia

La Folia

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(p.45) [2] La Folia
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Women & Weasels
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Maurizio Bettini

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.003.0003

This chapter uses a musical metaphor in an attempt to describe the different versions of Alcmene's tale as a group of variations on the same melodic theme. Given that no melody has ever given rise to more variations than La Folia, it can serve as the guiding thread for the proposed metaphor. In reading Alcmene's story, as with any other classical myth, we are in the same situation as someone in the audience listening to La Folia who has no idea what the original theme is because the presumptuous musician has decided to follow only the variations, without playing the theme.

Keywords:   musical metaphor, Alcmene, mythology, melodic theme, classical myth

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