Music

Mykonos music depicts that of Greece – diverse and celebrated, so much like its history. Greek music is separated into two parts, that of Greek traditional music and that of the Byzantine. These types of music have existed for thousands of years already and have continuously developed along the country’s language. The music in Greece is noted to have a number of similarities with that of Cyprus. It has been a significant part of the Hellenic culture.

History

The history of Greek music extends in the ancient Greece; and has later been influenced by the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Since then, Greek music has taken into a diverse history – from the Cretan Renaissance up to the modern times.

Folk Music

Folk music in Greece is known as Dhimotika. Two musical movements make up the Greek folk traditions: Acritic and Klepthtic songs. The first came from the 9th century akrites of the Byzantine Empire, while the other from the klephtic music just before the Greek Revolution.

Klephtic music is monophonic and is distinguished for having no harmonic accompaniment.

Below are some of the popular folk songs in the Greek islands:

Nisiótika

A general term denoting the folk songs in the Aegean Islands, Nisiótika are one of the common folk music in Mykonos. “Song from Ikaria” is one of its famous types.

Ikariótikos

This traditional dance type originated in the Aegean Island, Ikaria. This used to be a slow dance, and then later became a quick dance to suit the modern times.

Instruments

Greek music would not be complete without the instruments. One of the dominant instruments in the Greek music is the Cretan lyra, which is a three-stringed bowed instrument. This instrument is often accompanied with laouto, which is like a combination of an oud and a lute.

Early pop songs

Pop Greek music is heavily influenced from popular Italian music dating from the early 19th century. The most successful songs in the late 19th century were those that belong to the Athenian serenades. In the early part of the 10th century, American and European music have made influences in the Greek music as well. Greek composers began composing songs to the tunes of samba, waltz, swing, bolero, and tango among others.