In the last issue of the Berliner Chorspiegel, our conductor, Dr. Ursula Vryzaki, writes about the Greek-German choral relationships. On page 23 you can read about the Greek-German choirs, their choral exchanges, and, of course, about what connects them.
Visit the website of Chorverband Berlin and download the new issue (in German), in order to find this and many other interesting topics.
200 years ago started on 25th May 1821 the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Occupation that had lasted for almost 400 years long. The Revolution resulted in the birth of the Greek State and was supported by international fight given by the large movement of Philhellenism, Big part of which were many volunteers from Germany.
Polyphonia and Nikos Mandalias chose the song Tsamikos for this anniversary. A song full of symbols, a hymn to Freedom. The barren, rocky, inaccessible mountain landscape (κακοτράχαλα βουνά), the refuge of the fighters, is celebrated as a sacred place and symbolizes the freedom and the years of the liberation struggle of the Greeks against the conquerors, accompanied by music and dance. A fight, which is described as a fest (πανηγύρι).
The son refers to historical figures since the 10th Century and the Byzantine Era until the years of the Revolution (Nikiforos, Digenis, the Son of Anna Komnini, Nikitaras).
A small country (μιά φλούδα γης), blessed by the God, fights for its freedoms against the cunning enemy (τσακάλι) and the big forces of this world (αρκούδα).
The deep faith in God offered to the freedom fighters the strength for the victory (κριτής και αφέντης).