Title: Cretan Music
Subtitle: Unraveling Ariadne’s Thread
Author: Maria Hnaraki
Publications: Kerkyra publications ltd.
Time Edition: 2007
Dimensions: 22.3 x 22.3cm. Pages:200
«Crete is an island where many people from different countries, cultures and religions have lived and have left their traces. So isn’t music in Crete today a product of all these mixtures and cultural elements?» Dr. Maria Hnaraki’s self-posed question is answered in the affirmative as the author, takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the five steps – or five chapters – of this book, constructed in the spirit of the traditional pendozalis five-step dance. Writing in an intensely personal style, bringing into her narrative gods and heroes from Greek mythology and literature as well as present-day musicians and performers, Hnaraki succeeds in evoking both the rich history and the vibrant present of Cretan music.