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Musical Romania and the Neighbouring Cultures

Traditions – Influences – Identities- Proceedings of the International Musicological Conference- July 4–7 2013, Iaşi (Romania)


Laura Vasiliu, Florin Luchian and Loredana Iatesen

This book represents the volume of the International Musicological Conference «Musical Romania and Neighbouring Cultures. Traditions, Influences, Identities», which took place in Iaşi (Romania) and was organised by the George Enescu University of Arts Iaşi in collaboration with the International Musicological Society. The volume includes 35 papers of 38 authors who represent academic centres in Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania. The diverse topics include ancient Romanian, Balkan or East-European music, music iconography, Byzantine and folkloristic traditions, as well as modern and contemporary music. The articles propose theoretical and methodological documentation on the interactions between liturgical, folkloric and academic works within this multicultural space.
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Missiriotissa and Chaide Chourde – songs for voice and piano by Manolis Kalomiris (1883–1962) and independently by Emilios Riadis (1880–1935), composers of the Greek National Music School


Anna-Maria Rentzeperi-TsonouDepartment of Music Sience and ArtUniversity of Macedonia156, Egnatia str., 54006


Manolis Kalomiris (1883–1962) and Emilios Riadis (1880–1935) belong to the basic nucleus of the Greek National Music School. Kalomiris was influenced by the Greek folk song, German Romanticism, especially Wagner, and the Russian National Music School. Riadis was initiated into the German music. Later, in Paris, he was influenced by the French Music School and the impressionist cycle. Although Kalomiris and Riadis underwent several different influences, they both had the aim to create Greek music. In this study two songs of Kalomiris and Riadis will be examined, in which the two composers set the same poems, Missiriotissa and Chaide Chourde, written by the Greek poet, Alexandros Pallis, to music. Emphasis will be given to the folk elements the two composers use to express the Greek national character. Also other characteristic music elements will be pointed out. Both composers chose to set poems written in demotic language (Greek folk language) by a contemporary Greek poet to music. Regarding the folk elements Kalomiris uses the Greek modes, the augmented second (tri-semitone) in the melodic line, the meter 9/8 as well as dance-like rhythmic schemes. Riadis uses the Greek modes, the tri-semitone in the melodic line, the meters 7/8 and 7/16 and the pedal in certain bars.


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