"Ces notes autres que le ton et le demi-ton: The '30 Songs of Greece and the Orient'
collected by Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray"
by Ed Emery
SUMMARY: Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray, for thirty years professor of the History of Music at the Paris Conservatoire, made a major contribution to the study of what today we would call “World Music”. His researches – and compositions – featured musics as diverse as those of Greece, Cambodia, Wales, Lower Brittany.
In the 1870s, at the behest of the Director of the French School in Athens, he travelled to Smyrna, now Izmir in Turkey, which in those days was a thriving and cosmopolitan port city, with a flourishing musical life. That musical life incorporated elements of local Greek and Turkish folk music, the classical music of the Ottoman Empire, and musical importations from the West.
The result of those ethno-musicological travels was a published volume entitled “Trente Melodies Populaires de Grèce et d’Orient”, in which he published 30 Greek songs collected in the vicinity of Smyrna. We re-publish those songs for this year's Hydra Conference.