What this meant for the musician in the ancient Greece time? They had to adhere to certain doctrine of ethos. The doctrine of ethos provides the base for understanding the ethics of music in that time. The artist was expected to be aware of the moral power of music. The artist was to exercise his rights such that it led listeners into ethical paths. The Doctrine of Ethos therefore had a dual purpose. The primary understanding was of the morality and the second was that of ethics. These premises of the doctrine of ethos were grounded in the fact that music affects people differently (Eaton, 2000). This led to the construction of different forms of music that supported the common purpose goals of ethics and morality. These were different in construction, the context and rendition. For instance David Eaton represents the Apollonian music which had much mythological characteristics in it. This music was considered classic and had the characteristics to calm a person. It uplifted their good qualities. It made them calmer. On the other hand, Dionysian music represented romance and excitement. Where the Apollonian aimed to calm, the Dionysian aimed to excite, however based on context each of these music was constructed with moral and ethical parameters. Music was a force that could affect the well being of the individual.
Based on the above discussions, an interesting aspect that this essay would considered is whether there could be parallels or similarities in Ancient Greece Music and contemporary music? Contemporary music is more democratized. However, music as such is still related to culture; in fact it is the single most entity that represents a person’s culture and background more than other forms of art. In this context, it can be said that music is indeed representative of the moral and ethical aspects of one’s culture. However, music has also diversified to become more commercialized and in that there is a general decline when compared to how it was treated in ancient Greece.