DIMOTIKO /  Folk-like

Article by Giorgos Kokkonis, musicologist, Associate Professor at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina

Scholar composition that mimics the structures of dimotiko (folk) music, especially regarding the poetic text: form (15-syllable, 8-syllable, etc.), rhythm (iambic, trochaic), themes (kleftiko, about exile, etc.). The distinction with dimotiko (folk) is visible mainly at the level of the language and in the idealization or simplification of the characteristics of popular culture.
... The corresponding trend in music is rare, as it is difficult to copy the improvisational character of dimotiko (folk), and is usually not limited to rhythmology (use of common meters, such as 7/8, 5/8, etc.) and melodic composition, with the use of stereotypical musical phrases.

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