[MGSA-L] Musical Nationalism, a new book just published

Nikos Ordoulidis n.ordoulidis at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 00:07:05 PST 2021

My new book just published by Bloomsbury Academic. Please, have a look:


*Musical Nationalism, Despotism and Scholarly Interventions in Greek
Popular Music

This book discusses the relationship between Greek Orthodox ecclesiastical
music and laiko (popular) song in Greece. Laiko music was long considered a
lesser form of music in Greece, with rural folk music considered serious
enough to carry the weight of the ideologies founded within the
establishment of the contemporary Greek state. During the 1940s and 1950s,
a selective exoneration of urban popular music took place, one of its most
popular cases being the originating relationships between two extremely
popular musical pieces: Vasilis Tsitsanis's “Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki” (Cloudy
Sunday) and its descent from the hymn “Ti Ypermacho” (The Akathist Hymn).
During this period the connection of these two pieces was forged in the
Modern Greek conscience, led by certain key figures in the authority system
of the scholarly world. Through analysis of these pieces and the
surrounding contexts, Ordoulidis explores the changing role and perception
of popular music in Greece.

Nikos Ordoulidis
Academic Scholar and Lecturer, University of Ioannina, Department of Music
Post-Doc Fellow of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) 2020-2022
www.ordoulidis.gr / www.eastern-piano.com
(+30) 6972767702
Bloomsbury Academic Pending Publication
Musical Nationalism, Despotism and Scholarly Interventions in Greek Popular
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