1998-2014:Vlach-speaking and Greek-speaking Songs of the Northern Pindus Area. A Historical-Ethnomusicological Approach. Their Archaism and their Relationship with the Historical Background

Titolo1998-2014:Vlach-speaking and Greek-speaking Songs of the Northern Pindus Area. A Historical-Ethnomusicological Approach. Their Archaism and their Relationship with the Historical Background
Publication TypeLibro
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKatsanevaki, A
Number of Volumes2 volumes; 3 dvds
PublisherIEMA, Institute for Music and Acoustics

This book is an interdisciplinary approach of the musical culture of Western Greece starting from its very central zone, the Pindus mountains, and extending in its two slopes: Epirus and Western Macedonia (in Greece). It combines different fields: History and Music Archaeology with Ethnomusicology but it also combines knowledge and seeks advise from many other different fields such as linguistics, folk studies, Byzantine Musicology and social anthropology in a way as to present a global picture of this culture and to test in different ways the results accomplished in the two main fields of study: Ethnomusicology and Historical research.

Unfolding an extended musical system with its musical dialects in an extended area of the South-Western Balkans resulted in revealing unknown musical forms and norms that presented an interpretative interest regarding the musical past of the area. Synchronic research and the findings unfolded in it, in this way, became a means for the interpretation of musical historical sources and the musical past of the area. The musical cultural layers attested in the different but deeply interrelated ethnic groups raise questions about the regular dominating concepts about bilingualism, ethnic or national or other ways of defining identity, marginality, minoritism and national homogeneity, and interethnic research as well as about so called “cross border” analysis. It also raises questions and marks the necessity for extended Historical research as well as extended systematic field research in order to test the results and methods of Social Anthropology. Simultaneously the unfolding of the unknown musical laws attested in the field, permitted new interpretations of the “mythical” musical past in Ancient Greece and the Balkan antiquity revealing that distant past is not a separate enclave isolated in historical sources but a way of recycling and reinventing life and culture in the past, present and the future of human societies. [Athena Katsanevaki]


Due to its large size (2 volumes and 3 dvds) it is a “printed on demand” publication; to request a copy please contact prot...@iema.gr or kos...@iema.gr (to contact the director)

An electronic Kindle edition of the text (two volumes Part A and Part B) is also available on Amazon (Part A in 2015, Part B in 2016) with all the disadvantages of a Kindle edition regarding the scanned images and all the advantages regarding the electronic facilitities. Just google Athena Katsanevaki Amazon kindle store, or use this link:


Or you can see the normal files in a low quality-resolution and listen to the first 30 seconds of each field recording as a Preview using the following links.

http://digitize.iema.gr/servicefile_show_score.php?servicefile_id=21950 (Part A English version)

http://digitize.iema.gr/servicefile_show_score.php?servicefile_id=21954 (Part B English version)

http://digitize.iema.gr/is_pi.php?phys_item_id=14706 (Audio CD 1)

http://digitize.iema.gr/is_pi.php?phys_item_id=14707 (Audio CD 2)


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