Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I


Course Title

Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music

Course Code


Type of Course

Mandatory, 5 hours/week, ( 3 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level





7 (4 +3)

Professor ( -s )

Learning Outcomes

History and developments of traditional music in Greek regions, the musical styles and the distinct local musical idioms. Analysis of the major types of songs and compositions in the field of traditional music and finally, presentation of the ideologies that underpin the study of folk songs since the 19th C.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by hearing and analysis of selected music samples used as examples taken from an associated Greek repertoire.

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy  - Music Ensembles IV
Aesthetics of Traditional Music - Music Ensembles IΙΙ
Didactics of an Instrument – Performance VΙΙ
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Greek Discography –Music Ensembles II
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music Ι-ΙΙΙ
Auditory Culture
Theory of Traditional Music Ι - Performance Ι
Theory of Traditional Music ΙΙ - Performance IΙ
History and Civilizations
Historic Documentation and Music Research
Traditional Orchestras  - Music Ensembles I
Makam and Morphology Ι - Performance V
Makam and Morphology ΙΙ - Performance VΙ
Methodology of Research
Music Cultures around the World
Music Pedagogy Ι-ΙΙ
New Hellenism : Politics, History, Ideology and  Legislation
Modality and Harmonization Ι - Performance ΙΙΙ
Modality and Harmonization ΙΙ – Performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

Greek music folklore, research methods and ideological issues. Folk songs during the Ottoman era, the 19th and 20th C. Working with categories in folk songs. Change and continuity in greek traditional music (Akritiko songs, Paraloges songs, wedding songs, Xenitias songs, lamenting songs, rebel songs etc.).

General review of the kinds and forms of traditional songs. Presentation and analysis of local idioms. Instruments, musical ensembles, musicians’ networks, melodic and harmonic context, rhythmic patterns etc. Historical and geographical approach: case studies. Analysis of improvisation types (i.e. taxim, verso), form etc. Issues of transcription and notation of specific musical examples.

Recommended Bibliography

    Baud-Bovy S., Essai sur la chanson populaire grecque, Nauplie Fondation, Nauplie 1994

Δαμιανάκος Στ., Παράδοση ανταρσίας και λαϊκός πολιτισμός, Πλέθρον, Αθήνα 1987

Κοκκώνης Γ. (επιμ.), Μουσική από την Ήπειρο, Ίδρυμα της Βουλής, Αθήνα 2008

Μουσικά σταυροδρόμια στο Αιγαίο, Λέσβος (19ος-20ος αι.), Εξάντας, Αθήνα 2000

Μουσικές της Θράκης: μια διεπιστημονική προσέγγιση: Έβρος, Σύλλογος «οι Φίλοι της Μουσικής», Αθήνα 1999

Σηφάκης Γρ., Μπέλλα Μπάρτοκ και δημοτικό τραγούδι, Πανεπιστημιακές εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηράκλειο 1997

Learning Exercises

Home hearing and analysis 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.

Criteria and Methods of evaluation

Written examinations at the end of the semester. The comprehension of all matters related to the study of traditional music culture (theory), as well as the ability of detailed presentation of music idioms (workshop).

Teaching Language