. These two articles contribute in research on modern
Greek music, while the article written by
is oriented to the musicological and aesthetic problems emerging by the concept
Studies on sociology and aesthetics of music, concerning concrete musical phenomena, based on personal research and scientific interest about compositional creative perception and socio-cultural aspects of music – by Greek authors – have been rare. Two texts on sociological considerations about music and on the relation between sociology of music and musicology appeared in the previous issue: the introduction to the Musik im Wandel der Gesellschaft
(translated by Alexandros Baltzis
), and an article by A. Baltzis
concerning the same subject. In the current issue appear two articles (by Savas Patsalidis
and Minas Alexiadis
) that investigate the phenomenon of afro-american musical culture from different points of view.
In the present issue we have the honor to present the speech given by Constantin Floros
– professor of Musicology in Universität Hamburg – during his award as an honorary Doctor from the Music Department of the University of
Athens on 2/2/1999. The new Department of Music in Athens University has awarded as honorary Doctors several important researchers and creators: Simon Karas, Spyridon
Peristeris, Mikis Theodorakis, John G. Papaioannou and George Sisilianos. Constantin Floros
is the first musicologist, professor in a university, recognized by a Greek university as a scholar with international prestige in a rare for our country academic field, like musicology.
Due to the relatively late foundation of Departments of Music, Greek musicologists and compositors of his generation had to work mainly in the independent research and artistic field or in other – also important – institutions, apart from universities.
Due to these peculiarities, the difficulties in the process of integrating
European musicology and aesthetics in our country are also difficulties to integrate a multi-dimensional and internationally recognized work, such as the work of Floros, that extends to various fields approaching important methodological aspects of the relation between musicology and philology, philosophy, psychology and semiotics. In this way, aesthetics of music is related to the hermeneutic approach of musical creation.
It is up to us to encourage and stimulate this work in our country by contributing with critical reviews and translations and by integrating it in discussions about methodology, developed in adademic seminars. The text published in the current issue is – mainly – about humanistic aspects of
The synthesis of various subjects in the current issue aims to encourage new authors in our fields and to broaden our vision with new subjects, necessary for a complete discussion on musical
aesthetics. Texts, which have been announced, are included in plans for the next issues.