Ioannis Aristeides (1786-1828) was the first professor of music in the Ionian Academy, a university created by Frederic Earl of Guilford, who, aiming at an all Greek high quality staff, sent – usually, at his expenses – Greek youngsters to the West to complete their studies. Aristeides was sent to Naples.
The question raised by the manuscripts investigated
is whether or not they are related to the popular tradition of the so called “
, a tradition of improvised polyphony in church music, practiced in those Greek areas that were not under the Ottoman rule. The writer shows that the manuscripts of this important archive represent successive stages of a complete notation of this popular polyphony, which, though differently called, is common with the popular tradition of Southern Italy, the Italian islands, and areas of the eastern Adriatic coast.