Modality and harmonizaton Ι – Performance ΙΙΙ

Course Title

Modality and harmonizaton Ι – Performance ΙΙΙ

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory, 6 hours/week, (2 theory + 2 tutorial + 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

7 (4+3)

Professor (s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history and evolution of the modal system of “Laikoi Dromoi”. Knowledge of the history and evolution of the various traditional instruments.

Comprehension of the methods of harmonization of “Laikoi Dromoi”. Comprehension of the position and role of each performing instrument in the music idioms of Eastern Mediterranean.

Application of all basic ways of using chord cycles in specific music examples. Application of Laikoi Dromoi on each instrument.

Analysis of specific harmonization problems.

Synthesis of methods and tools of modal theory and practice in order to explain complex melodic behavior found in oral music idioms of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Evaluation of data for the formulation of new models of explanation at the level of theory and new ways of using traditional instruments at the level of music practice.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/ lecture supported by using musical instruments, as well as music technology and in specific music software for the analysis of melodic examples.

Prerequisite Courses

Theory of Traditional Music II – Performance ΙΙ

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy - Music Ensembles IV
Aesthetics of Traditional Music - Music Ensembles IΙΙ
Didactics of the Instrument - Performance VΙΙ
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Greek discography - Music Ensembles ΙI
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music Ι-ΙΙΙ
Music Criticism - Music Ensembles V
Theory of Traditional Music I - Performance Ι
Theory of Traditional Music ΙΙ - Performance IΙ
Traditional Orchestras - Music Ensembles I
Makam and Morphology Ι - Performance V
Makam and Morphology ΙΙ - Performance VΙ
Music Cultures of the World
Music Pedagogy Ι-ΙΙ
Elements of Acoustics and Instrument Making
Modality and Harmonization ΙΙ - Performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

Modality and the modern Greek Laikoi Dromoi. Τροπικότητα και νεοελληνικοί λαϊκοί δρόµοι. History and geographical individualities. Analysis of harmonization techniques in different traditional music idioms and different historical times.

Practice in oral recognition ability of different types of chords found in characteristic acoustic examples from the above mentioned repertoire. Exercises in harmonic   cycles, generalizations and peculiarities.

Exercises for the improvement of performing technique. Implementation of Laikoi dromoi. Study of popular and traditional pieces from the relevant repertoire of each instrument, either of from different areas or historical   periods. Solistic approach- accompanying approach, local stylistic performance variations. Presentation and technical analysis of exceptional performers representatives of local characteristic styles for each instrument. The level of difficulty of all the above depends on the semester.

Recommended Bibliography

Ανδρίκος Νίκος, «Το υβριδικό σύστημα των λαϊκών δρόμων και η ανάγκη εναλλακτικής επαναδιαχείρισής του», Μουσική (και) Θεωρία (Τετράδια 5), Τμήμα Λαϊ̈κής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής ΤΕΙ Ηπείρου, Άρτα, σ. 96-106

Βούλγαρης Ε. - Βανταράκης Β., Το αστικό λαϊκό τραγούδι στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέµου, Τµήµα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής -Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2007

Κωνστάντζος Γ., Tα τραγούδια της Σµύρνης, Φαγκότο, Aθήνα 1997

Μιχαηλίδης Σ., Aρµονία της σύγχρονης µουσικής, Φ. Nάκας, Aθήνα 1945

Μιχαλάκης Μ., Μέθοδος Μπουζουκιού, Φαγκότο 2000

Μυστακίδης Δ., Το λαούτο, Εν Χορδαίς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005

Παγιάτης X., Λαϊκοί δρόµοι, Φαγκότο, Aθήνα 1992

Παύλου Λ., Το τουµπελέκι και οι ρυθµοί µέσα από τους χορούς, τα τραγούδια και τους οργανικούς σκοπούς, Τµήµα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής - Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2006

Σπυριδάκης Γ. K., Περιστέρης Σ. Δ., Eλληνικά δηµοτικά τραγούδια, τ. Γ΄, Aκαδηµία Aθηνών, Aθήνα 1968

Learning Exercises

Home study exercises on modal analysis of scores and acoustic examples.

Home study exercises for the specific instrument, its technique and its repertoire.

Teaching Methods

The course is based on ternary teaching with the participation of the students, discussion and practice.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examinations at the end of the semester (separately for theory and tutorial) containing all issues dealt with in the frame of the theoretical part as well as the tutorial part of the course.

In the workshop part, the acquired skill on the instrument of each student is evaluated, both at the technical and stylistic level as well as the accuracy of interpretation of modes, rhythms and the special repertoire.

Teaching Language