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Style and ideology: The cold war 'blend' in Greece

Author(s): Romanu Keti

Journal: Muzikologija
ISSN 1450-9814

Volume: 2008;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Iannis Xenakis | Mikis Theodorakis | Alecos Xenos | Avant-garde music | Greece

This paper describes cultural policy in Greece from the end of World War II up to the fall of the junta of colonels in 1974. The writer's object is to show how the Cold War favoured defeated Western countries, which participated effectively in the globalisation of American culture, as in the Western world de-nazification was transformed into a purge of communism. Using the careers of three composers active in communist resistance organizations as examples (Iannis Xenakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Alecos Xenos), the writer describes the repercussions of this phenomenon in Greek musical life and creativity.
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