Greek Folk Music.
What? Traditional folk music from Greece. Based on modes.
Where? Greece. Influences from Middle East, Europe and Asia.
When? Greek folk songs pre-date the 1821 War of Independence.
Who? Passed down through Aural Tradition.
Tempo Can be very fast. Most Greek folk music is for dancing. Known for their irregular time signatures. (5/4, 7/8 etc)
The lira, laouto (lute), tambouras, gaida (bagpipe), zoumas (shawm),
toubeliki (drum), Bouzouki.
Venue / Location - Weddings and celebrations
Rhythms - Played by the Toubeliki (drum).
KALAMATIANOS - 7/8 time. (count 3-2-2).
SYRTOS - 4/4 time. (8 quavers in a bar, count 3-3-2).
ZEIBEKIKO - 9/8 time. (count 2-2-2-3).
AoS3 Greek Folk Music - Traded Tips
Tempo - Can be fast melodies but Zeibekiko has a slow beat.
Rhythm - Irreguar rhythms are common. (7/8, 9/8).
Articulation - Strong irregular accents.
Dynamics - Loud for celebrations but also quieter LAMENTS.
Expression - Lively for dancing.
Devices - Based on modes rather than major or minor scales.
Texture - Melody with accompaniment.
Instruments - Traditional strings, wind and percussion instruments. Also western instruments like the violin, clarinet, brass.
Pitch - Hi pitched clarinet or bagpipe melodies common.
Structure - based on the the rhythmic cycles of the dance.
Other - Many of the Greek instruments are used in othe Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries.