Historical and analytical approaches to 20th century Greek music: Y.A. Papaioannou

Course Information
TitleΖητήματα ιστορικής και αναλυτικής προσέγγισης στην ελληνική μουσική του εικοστού αιώνα: Γιάννης Α. Παπαϊωάννου / Historical and analytical approaches to 20th century Greek music: Y.A. Papaioannou
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013905

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses845
Music CompositionElective Courses845

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
To become familiar with issues regarding research on Greek art music. To understand the particularities of how ‘centric’ compositional and aesthetic ideas have been tranplanted in ‘peripheral’ contexts. To develop their skills in investigatng the aesthetic connotations of an unknown musical score.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The life and work of Yannis Papaioannou provides an interesting topic in order to explore wider issues regarding the historical and analytical approaches to 20th-century Greek music, because from the early years of the 1930s up to his death in 1989 he created a stylistically diverse and rich compositional output. In other words, his music encompasses many of the agonies and aesthetic discussions that concerned 20th-century Greek art music. In the present course Papaioannou’s compositional ‘development’ is investigated with regard to the following three contexts: a) biographical elements, b) the institutionally prominent artistic and musical ideas in Greece, and c) Western stylistic and aesthetic ideas (such as impressionism, neoclassicism, nationalism and modernism). A further focus is given on the analysis of works representative of the different musical elements that are prominent in different periods of his creativity. Finally, the notion of organicism is proposed as a potent tool in trying to understand the common musical and aesthetic threads within the stylistically disparate periods of his music.
greek music, analysis, modernism, nationalism, Papaioannou
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Audio
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.4
Reading Assigment652.2
Analysis of musical works301
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γιάννης Παπαϊωάννου: Ο συνθέτης, ο δάσκαλος. Αναζήτηση και πρωτοπορία Βαλεντίνη Τσελίκα (επιμ.) Μουσείο Μπενάκη 2004 ΑΘΗΝΑ 960-8347-11-4 12490119
Additional bibliography for study
The Music for Solo Piano of Yannis A. Papaioannou up to 1960: An Analytical, Biographical and Contextual Approach. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010. Καίτη Ρωμανού, Έντεχνη ελληνική μουσική στους νεότερους χρόνους. Αθήνα: Κουλτούρα, 2006. Γ. Σισιλιάνος, Για τη Μουσική, Μουσείο Μπενάκη - Κέντρο Ελληνικής Μουσικής, Αθήνα 2011.
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