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Greek repertoire for treble choir?

Dear colleagues,
 
I've been approached by a community member who is interested in hearing our HS women's choir perform traditional Greek folk music. Does anyone have suggestions of arrangements for SSA or SSAA choir?
 
Thank you!
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on May 16, 2014 2:03pm
Village Harmony (Vermont) has CDs and books on traditional Balkan harmony singing, but I don't know if they include any from Greece.  Perhaps they could refer you to a source.  Their website is worth a visit, encompassing community singing, singing camps for teens and adults, and worldwide singing tours.  There's also Mary Goetze's Global Voices series, but again, I don't know if she includes songs from Greece.
on May 17, 2014 3:07am
Dear Karla,
 
You may be surprised at receiving a reply pertaining to Greek Music from, of all places, India !
 
My suggestion for you a a three part round by Theodourus Antoniou, "Ypne".
This is a setting of a very popular stanza from Sophocles play, "Philoktitis".
 
Do not be misled by the word "round", this is a GORGEOUS piece of music, and very easy to perform.
 
Ypne, is SLEEP. (Hypnos") ....and it is in praise(?) of sleep, the healer of all hurts, the forgetting of all cares.
 
Originally written simply as a single line, it has now been published as a "realised" version, with entries written out, and a suggested closure.
 
If you are interested, I will search out the music and send it to you.
 
Nariman h. Wadia,
Chairman,
The Paranjoti Academy Chorus of Bombay, India.
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on May 19, 2014 3:16pm
I would LOVE to see this round! Thank you!
on May 17, 2014 6:41am
Henry Leck has a wonderful arrangement of Gerakina for SSA. Hal Leonard publication. It is not difficult and really quite lovely.
on May 17, 2014 9:06am
There's a web site dedicated to Greek Orthodox church musicians. Here are the details (copied from their site):
    It is available at  www.churchmusic.goarch.org or by accessing the National Forum through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website at  www.goarch.org.  [Go to the second Tab at the top – click on Archdiocese/Affiliated Organizations and scroll down for National Forum.]
    
    Our website is designed to provide many valuable resources for church musicians – including clergy, choir directors and singers, organists, chanters, youth music coordinators, and Church School personnel. Please take a look and check it out!
    
    Also make sure to check out the choral works of Tikey Zes. There's a fabulous recording of some of his best by Cappella Romana.
    
    Anthony Antolini
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on May 17, 2014 9:46am
Carus Verlag in Germany publishes several very attractive collections of European folksongs (which can also be purchased separately), for example this one of folksongs and this one of Christmas songs.  Beautifully produced, and including some Greek titles.
 
Best
 
Sheena Phillips
on May 17, 2014 2:15pm
Kalanta of the New Year by Malcolm Dalglish
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on May 19, 2014 9:43am
Kayla,
 
Besides Gerakina (Hal Leonard) which I arranged I have several in the Colla Voce series, a great piece is Psaropoula which is a fishermans song from the island of Hydra.  This year I also published a great new arrangement of Samiotissa SSA by Laura-Kakis Serper.  You can hear  a clip of it on the Hal Leonard website.
 
Henry Leck
on May 19, 2014 3:25pm
Thanks so much, Henry. I'll look at these.
on May 20, 2014 5:48pm
Henry--   Your first choral instructional video was one of half a dozen materials that were most helpful to me when I was a new teacher in 2000, with no specific choral training other than participation in high school and college choirs.  (And useful still!) 
 
Thank you,   Bart Brush
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