Polyphonic Song and the respect of the “Whole”

The Polyphonic Song is found in Greece mainly in Pogoni.

Pluralism is a combination of a sound module of two or more melodic lines (voices or parties) which nevertheless retain their melodic and often rhythmic independence. The origins of polyphonic singing is not clearly known, but is said to have roots in Ancient times. An important point in the progression of pluralism is the 9th century AD in Western Europe where it passes the narrow borders of Church music. The Polyphonic songs follow the Dorian pentatonic scale  (series of five phonemes without the presence of semitones) while on the other hand maintaining the “equal” has Byzantine origins. It reflects the main experiences of Pogoni: the exile, laments (separation from immigration or death), the love for nature, lyrics of love, historical dissect of Epirus (in Greek and North (Albanian) Epirus.

panhgyri paliaThe polyphonic complexes consist of 4 to 10 people. The “Partes” is the first of the group that starts the song , the one that turns the songs called  the “Gyristes” and the ones that keep the equal called the “Isocrates’ who essentially maintain tonal melody and are the most important part of the team. The “Klostes” of this melodic group spins like a thread between the song and the subdued tonal melody. The “Gyristes” and the “Klostes” cut short the song using the last phoneme of “Partes”, creating a sharp disagreement that is the main feature of polyphonic songs. The entire melody still maintains a strict harmony and mimics the musical instruments which are absent.

DSC_0015The Polyphonic Song expresses the “Doric” frugality and diversity of each member of the assembly line that ultimately respects the “whole.”

Finally, different kinds of polyphonic singing is found not only  in Greece but also in Albania, South Italy, Corsica, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, southern Poland, Ethiopia, Georgia, North Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan and southern foothills of Himalayas.

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