A Celebration of Greek Music in America
One of the key components of Hellenic culture is its music. It transcends all barriers of age, politics, religion, national and ethnic origin and socioeconomic status, fostering unity and enjoyment among all. Here in the United States it performs another, perhaps even more important function, as a key transmitter of Greek tradition and culture. For it is with music that most of our youth first encounter their heritage in a significant way as they attend liturgies, church-sponsored festivals and dances, and prepare for greek school performances. The music attracts them, urging them on to learn more about their heritage, drawing their them closer into the bosom of their ancestry like the alluring songs of the Sirens in Homeric Epic.
To quote the noted Greek poet Kostis Palamas, "The ancient Greeks imbued music with meaning. For them, poetry was music, philosophy was music - the highest form of music; everything that systematically and harmoniously shapes life was music; every refinement of the soul was music."
The Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation offers on-line free downloadable Greek music scores. The list of PDF files below is arranged alphabetically. The scores were written by the emininent composer and violinist, Frederick Elias, who also serves as the prinicpal violinist and co-conductor of the 30-piece Hellenic & Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra.The scores are free for use. The society asks only that proper credit be given to the composer, Mr. Elias, and the arranger and owner of the copyright for the scores, Christos Papoutsy.
Tis Agapis Aimata (The Blood of Love)
Pame Mia Volta Sto Fengari [violin]
Pame Mia Volta Sto Fengari [santouri--eastern dulcimer]
Po Po Po Maria--see Ena Savato Vradi
Rezenta [santouri--eastern dulcimer]
S'Agapo Yiati Eis' Oraia - Version 1
S'Agapo Yiati Eis' Oraia - Version 2
Saranta-Pente Lemonies (45 Lemons)
Siko Horepse Koukli Mou--see Nina Nai Nai
Strose to Stroma Sou
Tango of Roses
Tango Tis Nefelis
Tha Se Xanavro Stous Baxethes
Ti Ein' Afto Pou To Lene Agapi (Boy on a Dolphin)
Tora Pou Pas Stin Xenitia
Vals Ton Hamenon Oneiron
Vrisi Mou Malamatenia
White Ribbons (Aspres Kordeles)--see Aspres Kordeles
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(Posting date 10 January 2007)
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