Greek Repertoire on Kanun

with Asineth Fotini Kokkala

  • Kanun
  • English

Description

In this course we will use the kanun to approach and understand the repertoire of a variety of different musical idioms of Greece. We will place special emphasis on the unique distinguishing elements of each of the idioms such as the rhythmic structures with their idiomatic “drive” and “feel” (“groove”), the melody, as well as the subtle nature of the melodic intervals (semitones, quartertones).
 
We will play and compare pieces which ostensibly share the same rhythm, but with a very different idiomatic nature and “feel,” so as to highlight this as a defining feature of the different musical styles.
 
This course is for students who are already comfortable on the kanun, as we will focus primarily on the musical content rather than on the instrument and its techniques. Upon completing this course, the student will have come into direct contact with a variety of Greek musical idioms, and learned pieces from specific traditions in which the kanun is not usually present, but which, through an understanding of the musical idiom, can find a place for itself which is consistent with the character of the tradition in question.

Repertoire will include: “Me Gelasan ta Poulia” (9/8) and “Mandilatos” (7/8) from Thrace, “Raiko” (7/8) from the region of Macedonia, “Karapurniotiko” (karciğar, 9/8) from Asia Minor, and “Bratsera” (syrtos 4/4) from the Dodecanese Islands.

This course includes

  • 15 Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access to Video Recordings
  • Certificate of Completion

Student requirements

  • Instrumental technique: basic
  • Western theory: any level
  • Modal music theory: any level
  • Sight reading: basic
  • Transposition: any level
  • Learning by ear: basic
  • Composition: any level
  • Improvisation: any level

Day Date Start Finish
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.


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