"Spirit of the Greeks": The amazing new book and album by Mark Hussey

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Having painstakingly arranged 10 beautiful and timeless traditional Greek songs for classical guitar, Mark Hussey published his first book ‘Spirit of the Greeks’ - Greek music for classical guitar on May 1.

The book not only provides the very first example of sheet music to the traditional sounds of Greece and Cyprus for the classical guitarist, but also shares a brief history of the development of Greek music since the Smyrna tragedy in Turkey nearly 100 years ago.

Spirit of the Greeks - Greek music for classical guita - Mark Hussey -  Classical guitar sheet music and tabs

This was followed by the population exchange of Christians and Muslims between Greece and Turkey in 1923-24.

Mark, now living in Derbyshire, is an Anglo-Greek Cypriot who has extensively performed classical, flamenco and jazz around the world.

An Oxford University graduate (2006 / DPhil Biochemisty / Linacre college), Mark used the pandemic period to focus on this new, culturally important project.

He shares his passion for Greek music with a wider audience via the publication of 'Spirit of the Greeks' and new audio recordings of traditional Greek music on guitar.

'Spirit of the Greeks' book (in paperback, kindle and PDF) and the album are available here.

Song titles:

To Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias - Manos Loizos

Misirlou - Traditional

Never On Sunday - Manos Hatzidakis

Xekina Mia Psaropoula - Dimitris Gogos

Kaimos - Mikis Theodorakis 

Zorba's Dance - Mikis Theodorakis

Bouzouki Mou Diplochordo - Markos Vamvakaris

Frangosyriani - Markos Vamvakaris

Siko Horepse Sirtaki - Georgos Zambetas

Pou Nai Tha Chronia - Stavros Kougioumtzis

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