Nostalgia

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Europe is living in peace and prosperity. The “Belle Époque” is an outgrowth of previous important historical events and developments. The networks that are created and which evolve funnel both people and their products, tangible and intangible. It is within this multi-layered world that sound recording and sound reproduction is invented. Early record labels send mobile crews literally all over the world to record local musicians. The range of the repertoire is endless. Cosmopolitanism in large urban centers favors polystylisms and polymorphisms. Colonialism, revolutions, conflicts, refugee flows; the theater, cinema, radio, photography, orchestras’ tours, but also circulations in all kinds of commercial channels in a world that evolves dynamically and anisotropically, form a complex network of “centers” and “peripheries” in alternating roles setting musical idioms in motion, both literally and figuratively. The network in which the Greek-speaking urban popular song participates, constantly conversing with its co-tenants, is magnificent. Discography has already provided important tools in understanding the relationships that developed between “national” repertoires. The result of this ongoing research is “Cosmopolitanism in Greek Historical Discography”.

Tango is one of the main musical elements of the national identity of modern Argentina. It is born in the marginalized environment of the port of Buenos Aires, but soon conquers Europe and the USA, where it is carried by traveling Argentine musicians and dancers during the first decade of the 20th century. Its acceptance by the upper and middle classes was due to its transformation from a multicultural musical expression of the underworld to a dance-music one for whites, as well as to its thematic cleansing of its overtly sensual origins. Primarily marginal types and their provocative liminality are replaced by quaint figures who are possessed by unquenchable, but stylized love passions. This is how a “tamed” musical genre emerges that recalls a more romantic Argentina. Tango takes Parisian cabarets by storm, and its initially targeted popularity soon develops into widespread appeal. Record companies, composers and orchestras manage it as an integral part of their business. At the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s, Greece succumbs too to this “tangomania”. During the interwar period, tango has a central place in the repertoire of elafro (light music) and enriches discography’s catalogs with hundreds of original compositions which complement the systematic arrangements of popular pieces, mainly of European origin, “dressed” with Greek lyrics. One such case is the song "Νostalgia".

It is an adaptation with Greek lyrics of the tango milonga "Mi Nostalgia" by the Spanish composer, lyricist, conductor and pianist José Sentis (1888-1983).

The musical score was published in Paris, in 1925, by the Éditions Francis Salabert, and it was also released on a piano roll (SE 9267) by the same publications.

In was recorded several times in historical discography. For example:

- "Mi Nostalgia (Heimweh)", The famous Mark Weber and his Adlon orch., Germany, 1925 (Polydor 235 bf - 20421)
- Marek Weber and Ηis Οrchestra, Berlin, December 13, 1926 (His Master's Voice BW629 - Victor V-2-A)
- Orchestre Mondain José Sentis - M.Urquiri, France, 192?,  (Pathé 8398 - 7550 / 6)
- Pablo Civil, Milan, January 11, 1928 (Fonotipia Pho 6100 - A 168104 a - B 3704)
- Orquesta José M. Lucchesi, Paris, January 24, 1928 (Columbia WL 876-1 - D 19127)
- Orchestra Ferrucci, Milan, 1928 (Odeon Mo 2014-2 - O 167307a / O.7614)

The Greek musical score, with lyrics by A.K., was published in Athens in 1925 by the Gaitanos - Konstantinidis - Starr publishing house.

In Greek historical discography, the song was also recorded by Giorgos Vidalis and Paul [Leopoldos] Gad - Alexandros Achiadis.

Research and text: Leonardos Kounadis, Giorgos Evangelou and Nikos Ordoulidis

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
[Greek lyrics: A. K.]
Singer(s):
Savaris Giorgos, Miliaris Tzon, Lousien [Miliaris Loukianos]
Orchestra-Performers:
Orchestra
Orchestra director:
Ioannidis Sosos
Recording date:
1927
Recording location:
Athens
Language(s):
Greek
Dance / Rhythm:
Tango
Publisher:
Columbia (UK)
Catalogue number:
8034
Matrix number:
20019
Duration:
2:47
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Col_8034_Nostalgia
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Nostalgia", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=9496

At the beginning of the 20th century, Europe is living in peace and prosperity. The “Belle Époque” is an outgrowth of previous important historical events and developments. The networks that are created and which evolve funnel both people and their products, tangible and intangible. It is within this multi-layered world that sound recording and sound reproduction is invented. Early record labels send mobile crews literally all over the world to record local musicians. The range of the repertoire is endless. Cosmopolitanism in large urban centers favors polystylisms and polymorphisms. Colonialism, revolutions, conflicts, refugee flows; the theater, cinema, radio, photography, orchestras’ tours, but also circulations in all kinds of commercial channels in a world that evolves dynamically and anisotropically, form a complex network of “centers” and “peripheries” in alternating roles setting musical idioms in motion, both literally and figuratively. The network in which the Greek-speaking urban popular song participates, constantly conversing with its co-tenants, is magnificent. Discography has already provided important tools in understanding the relationships that developed between “national” repertoires. The result of this ongoing research is “Cosmopolitanism in Greek Historical Discography”.

Tango is one of the main musical elements of the national identity of modern Argentina. It is born in the marginalized environment of the port of Buenos Aires, but soon conquers Europe and the USA, where it is carried by traveling Argentine musicians and dancers during the first decade of the 20th century. Its acceptance by the upper and middle classes was due to its transformation from a multicultural musical expression of the underworld to a dance-music one for whites, as well as to its thematic cleansing of its overtly sensual origins. Primarily marginal types and their provocative liminality are replaced by quaint figures who are possessed by unquenchable, but stylized love passions. This is how a “tamed” musical genre emerges that recalls a more romantic Argentina. Tango takes Parisian cabarets by storm, and its initially targeted popularity soon develops into widespread appeal. Record companies, composers and orchestras manage it as an integral part of their business. At the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s, Greece succumbs too to this “tangomania”. During the interwar period, tango has a central place in the repertoire of elafro (light music) and enriches discography’s catalogs with hundreds of original compositions which complement the systematic arrangements of popular pieces, mainly of European origin, “dressed” with Greek lyrics. One such case is the song "Νostalgia".

It is an adaptation with Greek lyrics of the tango milonga "Mi Nostalgia" by the Spanish composer, lyricist, conductor and pianist José Sentis (1888-1983).

The musical score was published in Paris, in 1925, by the Éditions Francis Salabert, and it was also released on a piano roll (SE 9267) by the same publications.

In was recorded several times in historical discography. For example:

- "Mi Nostalgia (Heimweh)", The famous Mark Weber and his Adlon orch., Germany, 1925 (Polydor 235 bf - 20421)
- Marek Weber and Ηis Οrchestra, Berlin, December 13, 1926 (His Master's Voice BW629 - Victor V-2-A)
- Orchestre Mondain José Sentis - M.Urquiri, France, 192?,  (Pathé 8398 - 7550 / 6)
- Pablo Civil, Milan, January 11, 1928 (Fonotipia Pho 6100 - A 168104 a - B 3704)
- Orquesta José M. Lucchesi, Paris, January 24, 1928 (Columbia WL 876-1 - D 19127)
- Orchestra Ferrucci, Milan, 1928 (Odeon Mo 2014-2 - O 167307a / O.7614)

The Greek musical score, with lyrics by A.K., was published in Athens in 1925 by the Gaitanos - Konstantinidis - Starr publishing house.

In Greek historical discography, the song was also recorded by Giorgos Vidalis and Paul [Leopoldos] Gad - Alexandros Achiadis.

Research and text: Leonardos Kounadis, Giorgos Evangelou and Nikos Ordoulidis

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
[Greek lyrics: A. K.]
Singer(s):
Savaris Giorgos, Miliaris Tzon, Lousien [Miliaris Loukianos]
Orchestra-Performers:
Orchestra
Orchestra director:
Ioannidis Sosos
Recording date:
1927
Recording location:
Athens
Language(s):
Greek
Dance / Rhythm:
Tango
Publisher:
Columbia (UK)
Catalogue number:
8034
Matrix number:
20019
Duration:
2:47
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Col_8034_Nostalgia
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Nostalgia", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=9496

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