The Two Byzantine Operas of the Greek National School of Music: Konstantinos Paleologos by Manolis Kalomiris and Kassiani by Georgios Sklavos

Demosthenes Fistouris
This paper aims to present an aesthetical approach on the exploitation of the history of the Byzantine Empire and the Byzantine chant of the Orthodox psaltic tradition, which constitute the ‘nationalistic elements’ par excellence, in both operas. As regards the composers, Manolis Kalomiris is now recognized internationally as the founder of the Greek National School of Music and Georgios Sklavos is considered to be among its most distinguished members of the first generation. The methodology...
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