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The activities, emotions, creations, and dreams of a man, give character and physiognomy to a place. Musical genres vary and evolve in every place and era, from the ancient and Hellenistic era to the modern Greek artistic music of the 20th century. The Greek people, through so many historical adventures, saved and save their songs. A continuous evolution has been observed from ancient Greek music to folk songs which are witnessed in rhythm, structure, and melody, apart from language. The folk song is a source of confirmation of our national identity, outlines the physiognomy of Hellenism, and participates in the strengthening of values ​​and collective memory. The musical evolution of the folk song in the popular repertoire or urban folk music and the rebetiko is linked to the physiognomy of the place and the musical standards of each era. Byzantine church music, art songs or éntechno, Greek operetta, new wave, rock, and pop music are also among the genres that stand out. It is a fact that Greek music has inspired many foreign artists. The famous "Misirlou" which was first performed in 1927 by the bouzouki of the rebetis Michalis Patrinos, has been heard in Tarantino's films and has been covered by the Black Eyed Peas. Edith Piaf has adapted and interpreted Theodorakis' "Beautiful City" for the dramatic story "The Lovers of Teruel". In addition, history shows that the Beatles loved Greece very much. The song "the Honeymoon Song" is reminiscent of "If You Remember My Dream" by Mikis Theodorakis. But these are only a few examples. Every neighborhood of Athens hides little musical treasures of nostalgia and entertainment for those who wish to discover the roots of Greek music!


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