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21 songs for 1821



21 songs for 1821

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28 June 2021

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The program includes a selection of famous folk songs that refer to the national uprising, many of which are still functionally integrated into everyday life, feasts and festivals, as constant symbols for the historical memory and national identity of the modern Greeks. Starting with the fall of Constantinople and the adventures during Turkish rule (Islamisation and the forcible conscription of children), the popular muse sang the passions, desires and struggles of Hellenism for “freedom and language”. Rigas’ “Thourios” as well as many historical and theft songs functioned – as Kolokotronis typically said – as “newspapers of the time”, capturing the historical events but also the feelings and ideology of the fighters and everyday people. The scientific and artistic curator of the concert is Lambros Liavas, professor of ethnomusicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The POLIS Ensemble also participates in the event, where some of the most important masters of the new generation collaborate on traditional instruments.

(Edited and translated description from organiser’s website)

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