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.

chapter |12 pages


ByRoderick Beaton

part Part I|2 pages

Contested histories

chapter 1|16 pages

Karl Otfried Müller and Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos

15Dorism, music and Greek identity
ByChristophe Corbier

chapter 2|23 pages

Canonising Byzantine chant as Greek art music

ByAlexander Lingas

chapter 3|9 pages

National music history on the eve of ‘the end of music history’

Greek music historiography and its Western models
ByKaty Romanou

chapter 4|12 pages

Odes, anthems and battle songs

Creating citizens through music in Greece during the long nineteenth century
ByKostas Kardamis

chapter 5|32 pages

Delving into the Athens Conservatoire Archive

Musical education as a national need
ByStella Kourmpana

part Part II|2 pages

‘National music’

chapter 6|22 pages

The harmonisation of Greek folk songs and Greek ‘national music’

ByPanos Vlagopoulos

chapter 7|7 pages

Alternative Greek national music

The case of Petros Petridis
ByNikos Maliaras

chapter 8|19 pages

The last defender

Kalomiris’s Constantine Palaiologos and the ‘Idea of Greek Music’
ByIoannis Tsagkarakis

chapter 9|21 pages

A Greek icon

Heteroglossia, ambiguity and identity in the music of Nikos Skalkottas
ByEva Mantzourani

chapter 10|18 pages

A museum of ‘Greekness’

Skalkottas’s 36 Greek Dances as a record of his homeland and his time
ByKaterina Levidou

chapter 11|19 pages

Traversing melancholy

195Skalkottas reads Esperas
ByPetros Vouvaris

part Part III|2 pages

Music and language

chapter 12|13 pages

‘You used to sing all my songs’

217Poetry, language and song from Solomos to Seferis
ByPeter Mackridge

chapter 13|18 pages

Reading Polylas’s ‘Prolegomena’ (1859)

Poetry and music, history and cultural politics
ByPolina Tambakaki

chapter 14|14 pages

Can surrealism sing?

Nikos Gatsos and song-writing
ByEffie Rentzou

chapter 15|12 pages

Greek productions of ancient Greek drama in the first half of the twentieth century

Music and words
ByAnastasia Siopsi

chapter 16|18 pages

Performing (ancient) Greek modernism

Modernist music and the staging of ancient drama
ByKostas Chardas

chapter |8 pages


ByJim Samson

chapter Appendix|7 pages

Greek composers setting poetry to music

A personal perspective
ByGeorge Couroupos