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Artistic song: It's story!

The artistic song made its appearance in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. Manus Hadjidakis (The Chalk Circle, A Parable Without a Name) and Mikis Theodorakis (Epitaph) were the protagonists of the genre. Mikis Theodorakis in particular defines the artistic folk song as a contemporary composite musical work of art that can be creatively assimilated by the masses.

The origin of this effort is "Epitaph" (1958, in Ritsu poetry), of which Theodorakis states: "It is nothing but the marriage between contemporary Greek music and contemporary Greek poetry." All this has resulted in the creation of a solo poetry tradition called "Artistic Song". It differs from folk song mainly in the lyrics but also in the music (orchestration, style) and its character is more western

The Greek artistic song is rapidly gaining popularity in the masses, a phenomenon very rare for European data. The active political role of this genre during the dictatorship also played an important role in this.

Other great composers who followed mainly in the 70s and 80s are Stavros Xarchakos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Manos Loizos, Municipality Moutsis, Christos Leontis, Dimitris Lagios, Nikos Mamakakis. Lefteris Papadopoulos, Manos Eleftheriou, Tasos Levaditis and many others stand out as lyricists.

Later in the tradition of artistic song, the "songwriters", who write the music, the lyrics and sing their own songs, were later added through the dissemination of the bouat.

Dionysis Savvopoulos is considered to be the protege, while Socrates Malamas and Orpheus Peridis are among the current representatives of the genre.

Certainly the best artistic singer of the genre can be characterized by Haris Alexiou, who has been at the forefront since the 1970s.

Other great female performances of this music are Dimitra Galani, Eleftheria Arvanitakis, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Alkistis Protopsalti, Melina Kana, Yiota Nega and many more.

For the males those that stood out were, Manolis Famellos, Stamatis Kraounakis, Alkinoos Ioannides, Pantelis Thalassinos and others.

Natasa Bofiliou, Panos Mouzourakis, Kostis Maravegias, Eleonora Zouganeli have made a positive impression from the younger generation.

Artistic song is a genre that has been, is and will continue to be loved by the Greek public, because it is the most intense form of emotional expression.


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