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The Music RoadCoherence and Diversity in Music from the Mediterranean to India$
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Reinhard Strohm

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266564

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266564.001.0001

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The Music of the Modern Greeks in Western and Eastern Music Literature, from the 9th to the 19th Centuries

The Music of the Modern Greeks in Western and Eastern Music Literature, from the 9th to the 19th Centuries

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(p.257) 13 The Music of the Modern Greeks in Western and Eastern Music Literature, from the 9th to the 19th Centuries
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The Music Road
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Katy Romanou

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266564.003.0013

This chapter concerns the interactions between Eastern and western music from the ninth to the 19th century. Through observations of western writers (such as Zarlino, Burney, Martini, Villoteau, Fétis) about the music of their contemporary Greeks, it is shown that most of the Eastern terms and concepts described in western treatises of the 9th century (when the East influenced the West) have been preserved almost unchanged in the Greek church over the centuries. By the end of the 18th century, westernisation of the East and the spread of nationalism brought great political and cultural changes to the population of Asia Minor. In Constantinople, music theory and the notation of the Greek chant were then rationalised (westernised). In the books of the reformer, Chrysanthos of Madytos, the strong influence of the French Enlightenment is most evident, side by side though with, still vivid, Eastern concepts and ideas.

Keywords:   Eastern chant, Cretan music, Francesco Londariti, Hieronymos Tragodistes, Chrysanthos of Madytos, Villoteau

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