In this particularly pluralistic issue, Musicology
) publishes a modest tribute
to the Greek composer Giorgos Sisilianos. In this paper, Sisilianos’ composition Etudes compositionnelles
for solo piano is analyzed. The expressive and timbral possibilities of the piano, that constitute the main aesthetic idea of this work, are discussed. The paper
includes a structural analysis of these eight studies. The serial use of rhythmic, timbral and dynamic variances that refer to three opposed styles (Stravinsky, Messiaen and a trivial Greek march) is ascertained. These are attributes that are indicative for the composer’s ability for combinations and inventions that are of particular interest.
A rare text
, written by Egon Wellesz
– important theorist of new music, composer and musicologist, is also included in this issue. This text – kindly granted by Wellesz’s student Markos Dragoumis
– is about the origins of Arnold Schönberg’s twelve-tone system. Musicology
) is introducing an innovation by publishing this important text in its original language. Wellesz
writes recollections of his contacts with Schönberg, intending to contribute to a better understanding of Schönberg’s unique and complex character. The reference to Joseph Matthias Hauer is interesting, as well as the reference to the controversial difference between him and Schönberg. As a complementary comment to the text by Wellesz, Ion Zottos
adds a biographical and ergographical portrait
of the composer, keeping the style of recollective narration.
With a method compared to Schumann’s aesthetics, Panayiotis Matzoulas
interprets Brahms’ gifted musical temperament directed to the transcendence of traditional forms through progressive processes of development. The paper
refers to some recent results of music historical research on Brahms, the perception of his works and their interpretation.
by Pyrros Bamichas
deals with a disregarded by musicological research aspect of the early baroque music, that concerns the use of melodic instruments at vocal compositions of the time. Apart from a purely historical research, this paper is original because it emphasizes on a modern issue related with the musical interpretation: the timbre as a structural factor of the composition. Moreover, the finding of this aspect in both dominant traditions of that time, the Italian and the Austrian one, allows valid conclusions to be made about the general style of that era.
In this issue a set of papers is published that concern various aspects of music in Greece. Between the European and the Greek musical tradition, several musicologists, particularly during the last two decades, were occupied with the work of Manolis Kalomiris (40 years after his death are completed this year). The paper
by Anna-Maria Rentzeperi
is a contribution to this research. This paper
focuses on the leitmotiv
technique in Kalomiris’ opera Mother’s Ring
Achilleus Haldaeakes’ paper
offers a taste of a reliable and extensive archival research. It concerns the analytical cataloging of the corpus of music manuscripts discovered in Greek islands. The localization and detailed description of the manuscripts are followed by a study on the local psaltic tradition. This study is directed towards a critical approach of the Byzantine and the post-Byzantine psaltic tradition, of the manuscripts and the literature.
The last paper
in this issue provides a sample of a trend typical for ethnomusicology in the English speaking countries. It refers to a musician who has been a pioneer in terms of the performance techniques he adopted as well as in terms of instrument manufacturing. The paper takes up a type of approach via narrations and recollections about the musician’s eccentric personality that confirm the myth about musicians as “madmen” and also as “folk heroes”.
Organizing of conferences and congresses is to the credit of Musicology
). The first international congress of musicology
was successfully held during 2002 at the
Goethe Institute of
. Renowned musicologists from Greece and abroad participated along with outstanding personalities of musical life. Musicology
) is glad to announce the publication of the congress proceedings in a volume titled The Value of Music Today
M. Nikolaidis and Company). The second international congress of our journal is already scheduled for November 2003 and it will be held at the Athens Concert Hall
in collaboration with the Music Library “Lilian Voudouri”
. The congress title is Musical Analysis and Interpretation
) also intends to contribute to the discussion about the music education policy by organizing meetings and conferences and emphasizing on the fact that these issues are nowadays once more in season.
Our musical life has suffered recently the loss of an exceptional musician, well-known for his culture, modesty and gentleness, the pianist Yannis Papadopoulos. On this prominent personality, our journal will publish in the next issue a paper by Ion Zottos
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