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Greek Folk Song Suite

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Franco Cesarini

Franco Cesarini

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: [1]
Cost: Score and Parts - $119.00   |   Score Only - $24.00


1. O Charalambis - 2:25
2. Stu Psiloriti - 3:05
3. Vasilikos tha jino - 3:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The typical instruments of Greek folk music are the clarinet, the mandolin, the violin, various types of tambourines, and the characteristic "buzuki." Greek folk music consists of a repertoire of three main groups of songs: traditional folksongs (dimotiko), folksongs from the immigrants (rebetiko), and songs from contemporary composers. The best-known author of Greek folk music is Mikis Theodorakis who, in addition to his political engagement against the fascist regime, has spread, through his melodies, the texts of the main Greek poets.

In Greek Folk Song Suite, Franco Cesarini has elaborated three songs belonging to the most ancient tradition. The first, O Haralambis, is in 7/8 time, typical of a popular folk dance called kalamatianos. Originally, the song O Haralambis was sung to "tease" during weddings, since the text of the song refers to a young man who refuses to marry. The central part of the piece includes another folk song called I Voskopula. The second movement, Stu Psiloriti, refers to an ancient song from the Island of Crete. The Psiloritis is the highest peak of the Ida Mountains. The third movement of the suite is based on the song Vasilikos tha gino, a very ancient song of the Ipeiros region. Some characteristics of this movement are a reminder of the sirtaki, the most popular Greek dance abroad.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Emily Rodeck, conductor) – 4 December 2018
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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Alex Paquin, conductor) – 24 October 2016
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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cesarini, F. (2002). Greek Folk Song Suite [score]. Mitropa Music: Hagendorn, Switz.