Music, Language and Identity in Greece
Defining a National Art Music in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
The national element in music has been the subject of important studies, yet the scholarly framework has remained restricted almost exclusively to the ﬁeld of music studies. This volume brings together experts from diﬀerent ﬁelds (musicology, literary theory and modern Greek studies), who investi- gate the links that connect music, language and national identity, focusing on the Greek paradigm. Through the study of the Greek case, the book paves the way for innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the formation of the ‘national’ in diﬀerent cultures, shedding new light on ideologies and mechanisms of cultural policies.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Part I Contested histories: Greek art music in retrospect
1. Karl Otfried Müller and Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos: Dorism, music and Greek identity
2. Canonising Byzantine chant as Greek art music
3. National music history on the eve of ‘the end of music history’: Greek music historiography and its Western models
4. Odes, anthems and battle songs: creating citizens through music in Greece during the long nineteenth century
5. Delving into the Athens Conservatoire Archive: musical education as a national need
Part II ‘National music’: Kalomiris, Skalkottas and beyond
6. The harmonisation of Greek folk songs and Greek ‘national music’
7. Alternative Greek national music: the case of Petros Petridis
8. The last defender: Kalomiris’s Constantine Palaiologos and the ‘Idea of Greek Music’
9. A Greek icon: heteroglossia, ambiguity and identity in the music of Nikos Skalkottas
10. A museum of Greekness: Skalkottas’ 36 Greek dances as a record of his homeland and his time
11. Traversing melancholy: Skalkottas reads Esperas
Part III Music and language: modern poetry, ancient drama
12. ‘You used to sing all my songs’: poetry, language and song from Solomos to Seferis
13. Reading Polylas’s ‘Prolegomena’ (1859): poetry and music, history and cultural politics
14. Can surrealism sing? Nikos Gatsos and song-writing
15. Greek productions of ancient Greek drama in the first half of the twentieth century: music and words
16. Performing (ancient) Greek modernism: modernist music and the staging of ancient drama
Appendix: Greek composers setting poetry to music: a personal perspective
Polina Tambakaki is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Hellenic Studies (CHS), King’s College London.
Panos Vlagopoulos is Associate Professor in the Department of Music Studies and Director of the Hellenic Music Lab at the Ionian University, Corfu.
Katerina Levidou is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London.
Roderick Beaton is Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London.