In praise of Justice
Ioannidis N. is a composer, musicologist, multi-instrumentalist performer, media theorist, and digital media creative producer (with formal qualifications in Music, Musicology, Media Studies, and Digital Media Studies), who is researching ancient Greek music and its relationship with all musical cultures that have been subject to the classical Greek cultural influence.
I praise the all-seeing, shine-faced Dike,
and from heaven
she oversees the life and conduct of all mankind,
coming upon the unjust as just avenger,
and brings close the opposites
on the basis of truth and equality.
Because not all evil thoughts,
urging men towards acquisition of more in unjust ways,
are easily discernible.
But you, enemy of the wrong doers,
immediately come upon them and punish,
while being good with the righteous.
Come goddess! be fair with the fair minded, till the destined end of life comes
|who sits beside the throne of Zeus,
Image: Claire Pujol
Greek text edited by IOANNIDIS
This song is included in the CD album: IOANNIDIS NIKOLAOS "THE MUSIC OF ANCIENT GREEKS - Early Epic and Lyrical Poetry"
Click this title to listen to audio samples of all songs and read the original Greek texts and their English translation. Available is also an introduction to this work by the author
Contents of CD Album:
Anacreon: My lyre sings only songs of love
Simonides: Danae and Perseus
Simonides: There is a saying about virtue
Tyrtaeus: Spartan march
Homer: Iliad - Sing oh goddess the perilous wrath of Achilles
Archilochos: Oh soul
Orphic hymn: In praise of Justice
Sappho: Ode to Aphrodite
Mimnermos: Short-lived is treasured youth
Homer: Odyssey - Calypso and Ulysses
Hesiod: Rough is the road to happiness
Bacchylides: Great gifts, peace brings to mortals
All songs in this album are composed, arranged, performed and produced by Ioannidis Nikolaos
Research, transcription and translation of ancient Greek texts: Ioannidis Nikolaos
Released in 2002 by Homo Ecumenicus Publishing
LINKS TO OTHER WORKS BY IOANNIDIS
A list of all IOANNIDIS' works (musical works, lyrics, essays, translations of classical texts) is available at his WORKS page.
ESSAYS on music and media
MP3 files of his musical works (samples and some full songs) are available for downloading at the Ioannidis Mp3 page
Works of interest to classicists and composers
The Music of Ancient Greeks an approach to the original singing of the Homeric epics and the lyrical poetry of the 8th-5th century B.C.
MUSIC and RELIGION (extant ancient Greek religious songs, Byzantine chant, Gregorian chant, Quranic chant)
Oedipus Rex English opera. Audio excerpt of this work is available online in mp3 format. Also available is the complete Greek text of Sophocles' tragedy "Oedipus the king".
Works of interest to poets and lyricists Ancient Greek epic and lyrical poems translated into English by Ioannidis (The original Greek texts are also available on the same page)
LYRICS (to songs from the albums Mass insanity , BE A MASTER OF YOUR FATE! , AREN'T YOU FED UP? ) dealing with the dominant political, social, and ethical issues of our time: the erosion of the nation state, globalization, terrorism, the moral and cultural decadence of modern society.
Works of interest to music performers
Instrumental performance:12-string Guitar Works (12 string classical guitar), Mass insanity (electric guitar, fretless guitar), The Music of Ancient Greeks (ancient Greek instruments -ancient kithara, aulos, ethnic percussion).
Vocal performance: MUSIC and RELIGION (including some tracks with performance of ancient Greek instruments)
Visit also the page: ANCIENT GREEK INSTRUMENTS with information about ancient stringed instruments and replicas of some of them
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