Category: Music

What do Greeks think of the song of Çelo Mezanit?

By: | Post date: 2017-04-09 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachak Greeks don’t know the song. Most Greeks barely know about Chameria. And nationalist Greeks who know how the song has become a rallying point for Çam identity may well react with hostility. God knows I read a couple of shitfights on YouTube. But given the translation and someone who’s not nationalist (e.g. Dimitris Almyrantis: […]

Two versions of Haidari: A Lost Original resurfaces

By: | Post date: 2017-02-06 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

I find this fascinating. You may not find this fascinating. It involves Greek music of the 40s. I’ve been listening to Dalaras’ 1980 recording of wartime rebetika. I realised that one of the songs, Haidari, I had already heard before, and loved it. It’s a chilling song about someone about to be executed, in the […]

What is your favourite Zeibekiko song and why?

By: | Post date: 2017-01-10 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

My fellow Greeks have made excellent choices. So I have to choose another one. My choice fails Achilleas Vortselas’ criteria. They are the right criteria, they are what makes a zeibekiko such a joy to dance to. But I’m choosing a zeibekiko which isn’t as danceable, isn’t as heavy, isn’t as underworld, but is just […]

What are the top 5 best Greek Songs of all time?

By: | Post date: 2017-01-06 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

I’m going to give one for each decade from the 30s through the 70s. I’m going to put up, not necessarily my favourite songs, but the songs I think have had the greatest cultural impact. 1935. Φραγκοσυριανή (Frangosyriani): Catholic Girl from Syros. Lyrics: Markos Vamvakaris. Music: Markos Vamvakaris. Markos was the master of the Peiraeus […]

What were the musical notes’ names in Ancient Greece?

By: | Post date: 2016-12-24 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Music

The notes of the Ancient Greek musical system were organised into tetrachords, groups of four notes. Two tetrachords made an octave. The central octave went: {Hypate, Parhypate, Lichanos, Mese}, {Paramese, Trite, Paranete, Nete} It gets rather more complicated than that; the paramese, for example, is an interstitial note, and the tetrachords keep going above and […]

What are some really nice songs, music, from your country?

By: | Post date: 2016-12-20 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

I am unable to shut up about the songs I love from Greece. There was a while last month when that was all I could write about. Nick Nicholas’ answer to What’s the most recent song you’ve cried to? Nick Nicholas’ answer to What are your favourite lyrics? Nick Nicholas’ answer to What is that […]

Which Greek island is the best for traditional music and culture?

By: | Post date: 2016-11-22 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

You want an island that’s a little out of the way of mass tourism, so you can see some local music and culture. Or an island that’s big enough that not every part of it is soaked with mass tourism. You won’t see much, this is 2016 after all. And as I posted here (Nick […]

What do you know about Nikos Skalkottas?

By: | Post date: 2016-11-15 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

OP, making Michael Masiello PM question to me a public message. Because Sharing and Growing the World’s Knowledge. Well of course, Nikos Skalkottas – Wikipedia. But let me not look up questions. Greek composer. Disciple and in fact pupil of Schönberg. Had a measly gig as a second violin in an Athens orchestra, and did […]

What’s the most recent song you’ve cried to?

By: | Post date: 2016-11-12 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

My close followers will have noted a bunch of posts lately on Greek songs that move me. This is another one. What have I done to you, to make you smoke. 1968. Lyrics: Lefteris Papadopoulos. Music: Mimis Plessas. stixoi.info: Τι σου `κανα και πίνεις The lyrics are nowhere near as indirect and allusive as some […]

What are your favourite lyrics?

By: | Post date: 2016-11-10 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Modern Greek, Music

It’s a self indulgent answer, but then again, it’s a self indulgent question. The Greek laiko tradition (bouzouki pop) came from the Greek rebetiko tradition (bouzouki blues). The rebetiko tradition was singer-songwriters, often in jail, singing about getting high or my woman done me wrong. At its best (and that certainly includes Vamvakaris), the lyrics […]

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