The music of Greece dates back to Ancient Greece and has
been changing through the ages with varied influences altering the
traditional music forms.
The ancient Greek compositions were performed as part of entertainment,
celebration and during spiritual and religious ceremonies. The
instruments used included the double-reed aulos; the lyre, which was a
plucked string instrument; and the kithara. In fact, music has been a
very important part of the Greek society. Boys were taught music from
the tender age of six-years.
Music has played a major role in the ancient Greek civilization. In
fact, its importance is mentioned in various texts of Greek mythology.
For instance, Amphion learned Greek music from Hermes. Then with the
music of the lyre he built Thebes. This was done by the sounds of his
musical instrument. Similarly, there are other mythological tales that
bring about the magical influences of music. The great thinkers of
Greece have written valuable treatise on the need for music in daily
The popular Greek singers include:
artists in musical professions.
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