Aesthetics of Traditional Music - Music Ensembles III

Course Title

Aesthetics of Traditional Music – Music Ensembles III

Course Code


Type ofCourse

Mandatory, 4 hours/week (2 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level





6 (3+3)

Professor (-s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history, the course and evolution of the traditional music review with an emphasis on the aesthetic perceptions that were developed.

Comprehension of the techniques for analyzing the determination of the genre in the field of traditional music, as well as the aesthetic perceptions of performing which determine such qualifications as "laiko" (popular), "entechno" (art popular), "laikotropo" (in the popular manner), from the 19th century and onwards.

Application of these approaches to the stylistic analysis of the relevant repertoire. Classification and definition of the different idioms and types of orchestras.

Analysis of the role of the aesthetic approach of traditional music in combination with the social trends and preferences. Analysis and application of the basic matters of artistic expression in relation to the local and the non local, in the light of the aesthetics of the performance.

Synthesis of the frame (historical, philosophical, social, economical) in which various aesthetic approaches are formed and evolute, as they were expressed through the relevant works of music. Artistic approach of the aesthetic of different performances through time and space.

Evaluation of these data for the expression of interpretative proposals for the study and interpretation of traditional music based on the aesthetic of composition and performance, as well as the implementation of music performances based on local idioms and eidology.

Teaching Outcomes

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by the analysis of music pieces selected in the basis of the aesthetics of their composition and performance. Group performance of musical examples based on musical geography, the music genres and the orchestral typology.

Prerequisite Courses

Greek Discography – Musical Ensembles II

Recommended courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy – Music Ensembles IV
Didactics of the Instrument - Performance VII
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Greek Discography – Music Ensembles II
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music III
Auditory Culture
Theory of Traditional Music I – Performance I
Theory of Traditional music II – Performance II
Makam and Morphology I – Performance V
Makam and Morphology II – Performance VI
Music Cultures around the World
Music Pedagogy II
Modality and Harmonization I – Performance III
Modality and Harmonization II – Performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

Traditional culture and new traditional ("neodimotiko") song. Rebetiko, "laiko", "elafrolaiko”, “skyladiko”, "entechno", "laiko rock". Collective aesthetic. Aesthetic of record labels. The “discovery” and “renaissance” of "dimotiko" and rebetiko during the last decades.

Performing pieces of a specific or a broader repertoire, in the context of small or larger music groups with various instrumental combinations. The student practice on new forms of expression based on original compositions, adaptations and orchestrations, which use the experience of traditional music as well as the peculiarities of traditional musical instruments.

Recommended Bibliography

    Bourdieu P., “Vous avez dit ‘populaire’?”, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales 46, 1983, p. 98-105

    Calvocoressi D., The principles and methods of musical criticism, Λονδίνο 1930

    Frith S., Performing rites: evaluating popular music, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1996

Machabey A., Traité de la critique musicale, RichardMasse, Παρίσι 1946

Αμπατζή Ε., Ινδοπρεπών αποκαλυψη: από την Ινδία του εξωτισμού στη λαϊκή μούσα των Ελλήνων, Ατραπός, Αθήνα

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

Δούνιας Μ., Μουσικοκριτικά, Εστία, 1964

Λιάβας Λ., Κείµενα µουσικοκριτικής και δισκοκριτικής στην εφηµερίδα Ελευθεροτυπία

Παπαδάκης Γ., Κείµενα µουσικοκριτικής και δισκοκριτικής στο περιοδικό Δίφωνο και στην εφηµερίδα Ελευθεροτυπία

Τσαρδάκας Α., Το κανονάκι στις 78 στροφές, Τµήµα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής - Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2008

Tσιαμούλης Xρ., Eρευνίδης Π., Ρωµηοί συνθέτες της Πόλης, Δόµος, Αθήνα 1998

Learning Exercises

Home study and analysis of music texts and notes given in class. Home listening, analysis and study of music examples from the indicative discography given in class.

Teaching Methods

The lesson is based on a tripartite teaching, with the participation of students in conversation and musical group performance.

Criteria and Mathods of Evaluation

Written examinations at the end of the semester. The comprehension of all matters related to aesthetic analysis of traditional music (Theory) is evaluated, as well as the ability of the interpretative approach and performance of music pieces from a wide range of traditional repertoire.

Teaching Language