Institute for Mediterranean Studies

CRINNO MUSIC II

The musical tradition of lyra in Cretan folk music in Rethymno prefecture

The aim of the research program was to conduct extensive ethno-musicological research to record the living lyre tradition of the Rethymno prefecture area. The major objective of the Program was to record musical works from professional and semi-professional musicians of Rethymno origins and to collect and document the material through field research and participatory observation.

Primary Investigator: Grigoris Sifakis, Professor of Classics

(For the research team see the Greek version of this page)

The aim of the research program "The Musical Tradition of 'lyra' in the Cretan traditional music of the Rethymnon Prefecture" was to conduct extensive ethno-musicological research to record the living lyre tradition of the area. The major objective of the Program was to record musical works from professional and semi-professional musicians of Rethymno origins and to collect and document the material through field research and participatory observation. The other objectives of the Program were a) to study the local communities' relations with music; b) to identify the kind of music performed on different occasions; c) to examine the traditional and more personal styles and techniques in instrument playing and singing; d) to examine the repertoire of traditional musical works and songs of the area; and e) to promote and preserve invaluable material, which is an integral part of Cretan traditional culture.

For details and more information on the Program's research and database, see here and the Greek version of this page.

Entry to the database

Project Team

Grigoris Sifakis

Professor of Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, FORTH Distinguished Member