Greek guitar music

July 1 2015

And, at the end, Theodorakis at 90.

Kostas Grigoreas plays Adagietto from Skalkottas’s 1925 solo violin sonata, arranged by Grigoreas; it is hard to imagine this sounding more natural in the original version

Stella Kypreou plays Αισθησιακό (Sensual) by Manos Hadjidakis

Kostas Grigoreas plays Η μπαλάντα των αισθήσεων και των παραισθήσεων (Ballad of Sensation and Illusionsby Manos Hadjidakis; it has a kind of leftist drive to it, but isn’t political

Last two from what? Originally for guitar? The last is also a song, with lyrics by Aris Davarakis.

Hadjidakis wrote the music for Never on Sunday, the “other” Greek soundtrack hit of the ’60s.


Mikis Theodorakis will be 90 later this month. I can’t post music when I don’t know what I think of it. It’s not a matter of not getting past the Zorba tune. Or teaser for a tune. I have no response at all yet to what I’ve heard. But Bob Shingleton at On an Overgrown Path has good things to say, especially about the Requiem. Here are his posts.

The main events in Greece in the twentieth century were its wars with Turkey, an invasion by the fascist forces of Italy and Germany, the subsequent Civil War and a military junta. Not that the Colonels were Greece’s first dictators. Theodorakis fought successively against fascists, anti-communists and the junta. He was tortured, went into hiding and was jailed and exiled.

There were many noble Theodorakises in Latin America. But the humane left is no longer fighting militarists or fascists. Theodorakis has declared himself in favour of Tsipras, but his leftism thrives in an unreformed system. It is part of the same set of illusions which caused the mess. The renewers of the left now are the Green movement and an emerging global class warfare in which Tsipras and Varoufakis are (sort of) players.

The Wittelsbachs and Greek debt (old post)

5 Responses to “Greek guitar music”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    On the other hand, the Green movement has other and possibly stronger affinities with conservatism. And technology at the moment is probably moving faster than politics.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    If Greece has any pride, it will vote No. If it has any realism, it will vote Yes. With Syriza and the troika, in different ways, equally delusional, has any population ever been placed in a more excruciating voting position?

  3. davidderrick Says:


    Telegraph, February 28:

    “There was a revealing episode […] when ageing composer Mikis Theodorakis wrote an open letter to Mr Tsipras exhorting him to defy Mr Schaueble and throw out the ‘Bavarians’. He was evoking a deep historical grievance, decrying the Wittelsbach dynasty that was imposed on Greece in 1833 by foreign powers – without seeking Greek consent – and which quickly bankrupted the young state, but not before it had obliterated Greek customary law and ‘disfigured’ a Byzantine nation.

    Mr Theodorakis alleged ‘two centuries of European crimes against Greece,’ implicitly calling for for a civilisational divorce from the Western enemies of the Hellenic Orthodox world. Mr Tsipras could have ignored it. Instead, he called to congratulate the old lion, inviting him to the presidential palace the next day. Such reflexes are being watched closely by Berlin, and by Moscow.”

    Jerusalem Post, April 7:

    “‘Everything that happens today in the world has to do with Zionists.’”

    Possibly allowance has to be made for the source.

  4. davidderrick Says:

    Tsipras arrives at every talk as if it is his best friend’s wedding.

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