- Published: Thursday, 07 May 2009 19:49
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The bouzouki (plural sometimes transliterated as bouzoukia) is the mainstay of modern Greek music. It is a stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and a very long neck. The bouzouki is a member of the 'long neck lute' family and is similar to a mandolin. The front of the body is flat and is usually heavily inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The instrument is played with a plectrum and has a sharp metallic sound.
In Ancient Greece, this instrument was known as the "pandouris" or "pandourion", also called the "trichordo" because it had three strings;
it was the first fretted instrument known, forerunner of the various families of lutes worldwide. The source of our knowledge about this instrument is the Mantineia marble
(4th century BC, now exhibited at Athens Archaeological Museum), depicting the mythical contest between Apollo and Marsyas,
where a pandouris is being played by a muse seated on a rock.
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