A Fresh Look in to Nikos Astrinides’s (1921-2010) Compositions for Wind Ensembles
Dr. Kostis Hassiotis

Nikos Astrinides (1921-2010) was one of the most important Greek composers of the last century. His compositional style encompasses elements such as Orientalism, Balkan music, the Russian National School, Greek Byzantine and traditional music, Romanticism, French impressionism, etc., in an exceptionally original way. As Director of the Wind Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki (Greece), he proceeded to compose original works and adapt his own, as well as works of other composers, for wind orchestras. Under his direction, the band developed into a high-profile wind orchestra. His compositions, orchestrations, and arrangements remain virtually unknown. This paper attempts to present them analytically, clarify issues of access and status of the existing documents, and briefly discuss their instrumentation. The ultimate goal is to facilitate researchers and conductors/bandmasters in accessing, researching, performing, and establishing these works as part of the standard repertoire for wind orchestras in Greece and abroad.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/ijmpa.v10n1a1