journal Polyphonia (Polyphony) has been created with the ambition to become
a forum of scientific speech regarding various aspects of musical
art. The edition of Polyphonia is not though an innovative attempt
in the publishing area of musicology in Greece, because the interest
in reliable information and seminal dialogue has been already arisen
in the Greek musicological society with publications of respective
journals in the past. Thus, the basis for the nurture, development
and establishment of musicology in the publishing area had been,
already and despite the difficulties, placed.
Greece, wherein the needs in musical science are keeping increasing,
the journal Polyphonia intends to be a reverberation of the dynamic,
which is foreseen in this science during last years. This dynamic
is accomplished through the constant establishment of new musical
and musicological departments in the Universities and the Technological
Educational Institutions of the country. The alumni of these Departments
keep staffing various cultural and educational organizations, contributing
thus in the reformation of Greek musical education and in the general
cultural progress and development.
The cell of the first Editorial and Consulting Board of Polyphonia
consists of graduates by the Department of Musical Studies of the
University of Athens, confirming in this way the substantial affiliations
that are being developed under the University’s Departments. The
coincidence for us to be involved in the first fruits of the native
educational activity of musicology fills us with the responsibility
towards those, that have been so far give a great part of their
work in the development of this scientific section in Greece.
choice of the term “polyphony” as the name of this journal contrasts
with the specialization that is so peculiar nowadays. This name
indeed proposes pluralism and collaboration between all sections
and fields of musicology. And is there, where specialization puts
limits and inside them examines closely and under particular methods
scientific subjects, that Polyphonia consists the area of fruitful
coexistence and dialectical approach of the various fields of this
science, having always as a main target the substance of every qualified
expression of musical art.
In this framework, Polyphonia presents a broad area of subjects,
including articles regarding all three main fields of musicology:
Historic Musicology, Systematic Musicology and Ethnomusicology,
as well as musical practice. Polyphonia welcomes also articles concerning the relationship between music and other arts,
like literature, plastic arts, theatre, cinema, dance, and shows
great interest in translations of important musicological texts
in other languages than Greek. We would also emphasize that this
journal opens communication channels towards researchers in abroad
for constant information in musicological progress worldwide.
Furthermore, Polyphonia considers as its obvious responsibility the
encouragement and the publicity of the research in Greek art music
and Greek composers, and its interest in newsreel musical subjects,
giving place for the points of view of important musical personalities,
through interviews and notes of them.
is meant not only for musicians and musicologists, but also for
a general public interested in culture. By this way, it intends to stimulate
the interest, to offer speculations and generally to broad the cognitive
horizon through the maintenance of the scientific dialogue for music.
main contributor of this journal, the editions “Koultoura” (“Culture”), embraced this effort from the beginning and proposed to realize it,
consisting thus an ideal Publisher with vision and sensitivity.
The less that Polyphonia can do in return is to thank them truly.