Modality vs. Chordal Harmony: Hybrid Aspects of Rebetiko During the Interwar Period

Spiros Th. Delegos
This paper addresses the contribution of modality, chordal harmony and the relationship between them to the formulation of ‘Rebetiko’ –a musical genre of Greek Urban Popular Music– during the interwar period. The aim of the research is to show the hybrid character of Rebetiko through the analysis of the confrontation between the makam modality and an idiosyncratic form of chordal harmony, transcending the typical East-West dipole. After having listened to a large corpus of gramophone...
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