Traditional Orchestras - Music Ensembles I

Course Title

Traditional Orchestras – Music Ensembles I

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Type of Course

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

Course Level




ECTS Credits

6 (3+3)

 Professor (s)

 Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history, course and evolution of traditional music orchestras that had and has Greece as a reference point. Geographical and  genre review.

Comprehension of all peculiar music characteristics of each area and orchestras, as well as the performing aesthetic perspectives that define traditional singing from the 19th Cent and onwards.

Application of these directions in all art expressions of traditional music. Classification and limitation that develop from different idioms and types of orchestras.

Analysis of the basic music characteristics like organologio, melody development, rhythm, harmony, forms etc. Analysis and application of all basic matters of artistic expression related to the local and non-local in the light of aesthetic execution/performance.

Combination of the historical, social and financial reality amongst others, with the formulation and evolution of musical orchestras and musical idioms. Artistic approach of aesthetic performance/execution in time and space.

Evaluation of this data for the recording of interpretative proposals for comprehending the study of traditional music orchestras, as well as music performance implementation based on peculiar and genre idioms.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentations/lectures supported by acoustic and analysis of selected music examples from the relevant Greek repertoire. Group performance of music examples based on musical geography, music types and orchestra types.

Prerequisite Courses

 Theory of Traditional music II – Performance II

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

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

Course Content

The formation and the repertoire of the Greek traditional orchestras are examined. Analysis of music pieces in acoustics and in the form of a music text.

The students practise performing music pieces in a specific or in a wider repertoire, and are integrated in smaller or larger music groups of multiple instrument combinations. They simultaneously practise speed reading of music scores - “guide lines” of the traditional repertoire’s listed music subjects, its music arrangements or even original orchestration. The demands of the level of performance and style rendition diversify the course levels.

Recommended Bibliography

Γκαϊδατζή Ζ., Βαγγέλης Σούκας: Όλα για τ' όνομα. Η ζωή και το έργο του σπουδαιότερου εν ζωή Έλληνα παραδοσιακού κλαρινίστα, Κέδρος, Αθήνα 2005

Κουτσοθανάσης Β., Τραγούδια της Σμύρνης: λαϊκά (παραδοσιακά): σε νότες και στίχους, Αθήνα 1988

Κωνστάντζος Γ., Τραγούδια της Πόλης, Fagotto, Αθήνα 2001

Λιάβας Λ., Μουσικές της Θράκης: μια διεπιστημονική προσέγγιση: Έβρος, Σύλλογος οι Φίλοι της Μουσικής, Ερευνητικό Πρόγραμμα «Θράκη», Αθήνα 1999

Μουσικά σταυροδρόμια στο Αιγαίο, Λέσβος (19ος - 20ός αιώνας), Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού - Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου, Εξάντας, Αθήνα 2000

Νικολακάκης Δ., Χανιώτικη μουσική παραδοση: όργανα και καλλιτέχνες, Νομαρχιακή Αυτοδιοίκηση Χανίων, Χανιά 2007

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

Σουλακέλλης Θ., Μικρασιάτικα άσματα: 15 τραγούδια της Μικρασίας σε βυζαντινή και ευρωπαϊκή μουσική σημειογραφία, Φίλιππος Νάκας, Αθήνα 2000

Learning Exercises

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

Teaching Methods

The lesson is based on a tripartite teaching method, with the participation of students in discussions and group music performance.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester. The comprehension of all the matters related to the study of traditional orchestras is evaluated (Theory), as well as the ability of interpretative approach and performing music pieces from a wide variety of the traditional repertoire (Workshop).

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