Concert Music Review Essay

623 Words Oct 1st, 2013 3 Pages
Concert Music Review
I attended the Greek Music Festival because it was the culture and genre of music that I knew the least about. The music, culture, dances, and food was amazing and very interesting. Did I mention the food? The food was some of the best food I have had. I learned that a gyro is not how we “Americans” would say it. It is pronounced yi-ro and they were very quick to correct me on my pronunciation. This was a very fun and free style of festival and I enjoyed my experience.
The music that caught my ear the most was the Greek folk songs that were performed. The overall rhythm was free and as I have learned this rhythm tends to attract me. Greek folk music is said to have come from the ancient Greeks. It was played for
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It was usually two men performing and sung in a deep octave with a backup singer singing in a higher octave. To me it seemed as if they were using call and response throughout most of the pieces. The deeper octave male would sing and then once he stopped the higher octave male would chime in and they would alternate in a systematic fashion. This was not a free style of music but was undoubtedly beautiful. As the performers would sing you could sense the passion in their voice but also see in their expressions. I had never seen this style of music performed and the building created for a great acoustic environment.
This style of music was used for ceremonial, festival, and church music.
My experience overall was great. Before attending the festival I did some research so that I would at least have a small basis of knowledge as to what I was hearing and seeing. The music at times was metric and times were nonmetric. The chanting style of the Byzantine music took me back to my child hood of hearing my pastor recite the passages of the bible to us. It was very humbling experience. The food, dances, and church sanctuary was beautiful and intriguing. I am glad that I chose to attend this festival because it was the style and culture that I knew the least about. But, now I can at least say that I have some knowledge and respect for Greek music and
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