Presentation of Polyphonic Song

Presentation οf Polyphonic Song

 …From the old years until our days and especially during periods of feasts and festivals, the residents were gathering n order to have fun with bands. Thus there was developed, mostly in Pogdoriani region, a significant number of musicians that, in the course of time, were developed as the most important instrumentalists of the wider region between Pogoni and Zagori. The majority of instrumentalists emanate from families of gypsies that were installed in the wider region, from other villages between 1915-1925; instrumentalists were progressively professionally occupied with music, establishing particularly Parakalamos in the wider Epirus, as a source of popular instrumentalists. Moreover, farmers of the plain, at the appropriate time, were singing during rural work in maize gathering, in the loom, etc. In this way they managed to preserve these peculiar songs of the region until nowadays. The way they sang was a form of polyphonic song that differs from neighboring regions and was distinguished by the predominance and the sovereign role of “partis”, i.e. the taker, who began the singing. The role of the rest in the band was focused on strengthening the primary singer by singing the song’s verses. “Mpasimo” (entering) of the rest in the song was taking place, most times, after the three – four first initial syllables of each verse.

#8 Giannoula with black eyes




All the young girls married – Giannoula, Giannoula

And all the ones with black eyes – Giannoula, with the black eyes.

And they took lads – Giannoula, Giannoula

And you the grumpy one – Giannoula with the black eyes.

You strew him five mattresses – Giannoula, Giannoula 

And ten pillows – Giannoula with the black eyes.

-Get up, heart ache lay down – Giannoula, Giannoula

-Get up, heart ache fall down – Giannoula with the black eyes.

And strew the stefnochero – Giannoula, Giannoula

On my silver bosom – Giannoula with the black eyes.

To see the May’s dew – Giannoula, Giannoula

The April’s blossoms – Giannoula with the black eyes.

-With what legs to get up – Giannoula, Giannoula

And hands to touch – Giannoula with the black eyes.



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