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Epirus polyphonic song: The voices of stone

Polyphony as a guest musician is identified with two different musicological contents. For friends of classical music, polyphony is a system of music notation developed especially in the period of the Renaissance and the Baroque, to reach until our days as a music expression. In distinction with this kind of folk Polyphony has roots earlier, for some researchers primordial, responds in a few regions of the world and is based on the diversity of melodic lines of expression of members of the polyphonic group. Three basic elements militate in the oldness of the origin of the folk polyphony: the teamwork, the phonetic nature of interpretation and anemitones pentatonikic scales that constitute the melodic basis of. Music basis of the polyphonic song, various forms of anemitones pentatonic scale, i.e. five sounds series with second major and third small that can reach up to five different associations of sounds without the presence of emitones. The folk Polyphony rarely answered. Through different paths of evolution and influence encounter on Epirus, Southern Albania, Down Italy, Corsica, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Southern Poland, Ethiopia, Georgia, Northern Pakistan, southern Himalayan foothills, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Polyphonic Song

It is difficult to find the roots of Epirotic polyphony on the trail of centuries. All scholars agree on terms for a culture with deep roots that starts before the Byzantine music and reaches out to pre-Greek or archaic times with cultural bridges that unite the Balkans to South Asia through the Caucasus, Northern Persia, in Afghanistan, South India (l. Liavas, Apeiros 1, 1998). Polyphonic song is like saying the word, a song sung by multiple voices. Reminds a bit of the chorus, but there are differences between them. The polyphonic song is based on five-sounds scales as written by the well-known to all of us musicologist Anthony Lavdas, meaning that survives to this day in Greece. This species is known in many parts of Asia, America and Europe. But the first, scientifically who dealt with this item is the Greek musician-folklorist Spyros Peristeris.

Polyphonic song: the Epirus of Pentatonias!

Polyphony as a guest musician is identified with two different musicological contents. For friends of classical music, polyphony is a system of music notation developed especially in the period of the Renaissance and the Baroque, to reach until our days as a music expression. The workmanlike European polyphony based on the confrontation of identical melody lines. In distinction with this kind of folk Polyphony has roots earlier, for some researchers primordial, responds in a few regions of the world and is based on the diversity of melodic lines of expression of members of the polyphonic group. Three basic elements militate in the oldness of the origin of the folk polyphony: the teamwork, the phonetic nature of interpretation and anemitones pentatonic scalesthat constitute the melodic basis of.

The song of Deropolis

Of Nikos Th. Yfantis

I will close the circle of tours in Northern Epirus, the flashbacks to ancient, byzantine and modern period in ancient cities, byzantine and modern, in leap years, dark and horrible, with a song, which continues its course, authentic or masked, depending on the circumstances, which today is sung in the District of Argyrokastro and Pogoni. This is the "Deropolitissa". Song, who especially loved and sung with passion and emotion from the Deropolites. The «Deropolitissa» bemoaning the most graphically captures the massacres, looting, the psychological and physical coercion, claws, which were the inhabitants of this pour place, throughout the Occupation. But before we turn to the song, it is appropriate to write a few words about the polyphonic folk songs of Northern Epirus, that close inside a lot of grief, anguish, perseverance and patience. With these songs dealt a leading musicologist-Professor of the Academy of Athens Mr. Sp. Peristeris (Folk songs os Dropoli Northern Epirus, Athens Academy Folklore File Epetiris, t. 9 and 10, 1955-1957) and Ant. Lavdas (five-sounds scales in the vulgar music of Epirus, Epir. Estia 1958).

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