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Music of the Heptanese

The music of the Heptanese is the folk music of the geographic and historical region of the Ionian Islands. It is based a lot on the western European style. It is dominant the use of guitars and mandolins, while the kantadhes (romantic serenades from the Ionian Islands) are very popular. The island of Zakynthos has a diverse musical history with influences also from Crete. Some notable musicians and composers are Nikolaos Mantzaros, Dionysios Lavrangas and Nikos Hatziapostolou.[1], The Church music (Byzantine) of the islands is also different from the rest of Greece, with a lot of western and Catholic influences on the Orthodox rite. The region is also notable for the birth of the first School of modern Greek classical music (Heptanesean or Ionian School, Greek: Επτανησιακή Σχολή), established in 1815.

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National anthem "Hymn to Liberty"
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Related areas Cyprus, Pontus, Constantinople, South Italy
Regional styles

Folk dances of the islands include:

Mandolin, dominant instrument of Heptanesian music

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  1. ^ Music, Garland Encyclopedia of World (2013). The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Routledge. p. 615. ISBN 9781136095627. Retrieved 30 September 2017.