Review of Theory and Praxis of Music

Petros Petridis (1892-1977)

Greek composer, born in 1892. He was educated in Constantinople. He studied music in Paris, where he had harmony lessons from Albert Wolff and counterpoint lessons from Albert Roussel.
He composed his first song, Lullaby, in 1917. Some years later he embarked on more important works, especially for orchestra, but several belonging to this period were afterwards destroyed by him, except the Cleftic Dances (1922), the Concerto Grosso for Winds and Timpani, and various songs. The year 1928 marks the beginning of his technical maturity as a composer. At this period he wrote his 1st Symphony and the Greek Suite. In 1932 Petridis composed Le Clavier Modal for pianoforte, which is a codification of the polyphonic and harmonic possibilities of the old modes.
Until 1939, Petridis wrote several new compositions, including the Ioanian Suite, two Pianoforte Concertos, a Concerto for Strings and his most important work so far, Digenis Akritas, a dramatic symphony in nine connected parts. The Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (1933-1934) was also composed during this creative period.
In 1950 Petridis composed the oratorio St. Paul for the celebration of the 1900th anniversary of St. Pauls visit to Greece.
His last major works are the Requiem for the Last Emperor of Byzantium, the Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra and the Violin Concerto. In 1959 was elected member of the Academy of Athens.
Petridis is one of the most important and original modern Greek composers. The chief element of his style is perhaps his continuous, profound treatment of counterpoint within a personal modal language.
We present here his first texts, published in the Greek newspaper Esperia in London, from May to September 1916, about the Greek National School of Music, referring to the possibilities of Greek Music to develop as a part of the international modern music.

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