Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music II


Course Title

Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music II

Course Code


Type of Course

Mandatory, 5 hours/week, ( 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 in the 20th C. Analysis of the major types of songs and compositions in the field of new-traditional music since 1950.

Teaching Outcomes

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 I-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

The traditional music culture nowadays. New varieties of musical ensembles, repertoire, musical performance. Musicians and music networks. The power of discography.

Retrospection of genres and types of the countryside’s «traditional» songs. Presentation and analysis of local musical idioms and new musical expressions. Instruments, musical ensembles, melodic and harmonic context, rhythmic patterns, improvisation. Geographic and stylistic approach. Listening and analysis is taking place with reference to a specific geographic location, an historical era or a particular list of soloists or subjects (study cases). Analysis of improvisational types (taximi, verso etc.) and forms of specific compositions.

Recommended Bibliography

    Boyes G., The Imagined Village: Culture, Ideology and the English Folk Revival, Manchester University Press, Manchester 1993

Keil Ch., Vellou-Keil A., Bright Balkan morning: Romani lives & the power of music in Greek Macedonia, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown 2002

Kallimopoulou Eleni, Paradosiaká: Music, Meaning and Identity in Modern Greece, Farnham: Ashgate, 2009

Διονυσόπουλος Ν. (επιμ.), Η Σάμος στις 78 στροφές, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηράκλειο Κρήτης 2009

Κοκκώνης Γ., «Το «ταυτόν» και το «αλλότριον» της (νεο)δημοτικής μουσικής και ο ρόλος της δισκογραφίας», Ετερότητες και Μουσική στα Βαλκάνια, ΤΛΠΜ ΤΕΙ Ηπείρου, Άρτα 2008

Κοκκώνης Γ., Η μουσική της Ηπείρου, Ίδρυμα της Βουλής των Ελλήνων, Αθήνα 2008

Παπαδάκης Γ., Μουσική και Μουσικοί της Θράκης, Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού, Επιχείρηση πολιτιστικής ανάπτυξης Δήμου Αλεξανδρούπολης, Αλεξανδρούπολη 2002

Learning Exercises

Home hearing, 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.

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 the detailed presentation of music idioms (workshop).

Teaching Language