Review of Theory and Praxis of Music (1985-2017)

Establisher and Editor-in-Chief
Olympia Psychopedis-Frangou
Professor at the Department of Musical Studies
in Athens University

Musicology (Musicología) appeared in 1985 – before the Departments of Musical Studies to be established in Greek Universities. The journal was initiated by a group of musicologists and the editor-in-chief was Oly Psychopedis-Frangou (1944-2017) until her death. Musicology was the first specialized periodical in post-war Greece and constituted a tribune for Greek musicologists and researchers. Seven out of nine members of the initial group became – in the meantime – professors at Departments of Musical Studies in Greek Universities. Twice the Hellenic Ministry of Culture has subsidized Musicology, during the first period of its publication (Minister: Melina Merkouri). Several publishers offered their support to the journal:

  1. Odysseas: issues 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  2. Paratiritis (Papasarantopoulos, Thessaloniki): issues 5-6 and 7-8.
  3. Nissos (Society for Humanistic Studies, professor Gherasimos Kouzelis): issues 9, 10-11, 12-13, 20, 21 and 22.
  4. Nea Synora – Livanis S.A.: issue 14.
  5. Exandas Publications S.A.: issues 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
The issues published during the first two periods of Musicology (issues 1 to 8) are out of print. Issues 9 to 13 and 20 to 22 are still available by Nissos publications, issue 14 is available by Nea Synora – Livanis S.A. publishing house, and issues 15 to 19 are available by Exandas Publications S.A.


In the meantime, the Advisory Board of Musicology grew to 28 members, including younger musicologists and members of the international community of scholars. Contributors of the periodical were almost all Greek musicologists.
Aims of Musicology during its circulation, also in a period stamped by the development of academic and non-academic institutions of musical culture in Greece, were:
  1. the development of research and the encouragement of local musicological potential.
  2. the establishment of links with academic curricula.
  3. the expansion of collaboration in order to participate in international musicological community.
  4. the participation in international research.
Musicology (Musicología) remained a pluralistic journal in terms of contributors and trends and included all musicological fields, while emphasizing on Aesthetics, Philosophy and Sociology of music. Musicology published over 250 original papers and translations in Greek on epistemology, Aesthetics, Sociology and Philosophy of music. Papers on ethnomusicology, pedagogics, as well as systematic, historical and analytical on European and Greek music had also been published (about 40 papers on Greek Art, Folk and Byzantine music had been published for the first time in Musicology). Besides, Musicology introduced for the first time in Greece reviews from the international musicological literature.
Musicology always published the abstracts of all papers (in English) and biographical notes of the contributors. The site of Musicology (in English and in Greek) includes the editorials, the abstracts and the biographical notes, as well as short versions of the book reviews.
The editorials record the history of the journal. The first issue of Musicology (1985) included a symbolic reference to the centennial from the foundation of Vierteljahresschrift für Musikwissenschaft by Guido Adler (and other scholars) that marked the establishment of musicology as a contemporary academic discipline.

The emblem of Musicology (Musicología):

The emblem of Musicology was Margarita Philosophica. On the contemporary level of musicological research this emblem implies new contents.

Margarita Philosophica
© Musicology