Salon Music in Nineteenth-century Greece

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Τhis paper aims to give an overview of musical salons in Greece over the course of the 19th century. Musical salons formed part of the general Westernizing and Europeanizing trend of Greek culture after the foundation of the Greek state around 1830--a trend that reflected the Greek' wish to distantiate their identity from their Ottoman past. Most Greek salons of the 19th c. followed the fashion of the European salons of the period: they were held by cosmopolitan elites; Italian opera excerpts and light dance music were the key repertory; the piano functioned as a bourgeois status symbol; women enjoyed a certain prominence in them. However here we will focus on the particularities of the Greek 19th century as well as on the aspects of musical hybridization that reflect the cultural amalgamation between Greece and Europe that was taking place in salons. Within this frame, I will attempt to present the main factors that influenced the growth of this domestic type of music entertainment, the locations and occasions of private and semi-private salon events, the protagonists of Greek salon music, namely the composers, performers (amateur or professional) and the various audiences, the wide range of salon repertory, the special role of 19th-c. magazines and the most popular music instruments in Greek salons of the nineteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventElites and their Music - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 20 Nov 201923 Nov 2019


ConferenceElites and their Music
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  • music
  • music history
  • musicology
  • performing arts
  • Creative industries
  • urban culture
  • Nineteenth century literature and culture
  • Nineteenth century music
  • Nineteenth century studies
  • Modern Greece
  • Modern Greek Culture
  • Modern Greek Studies


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