“Journal of Education Culture and Society” 2014 issue 1



Defining interdisciplinarity and indentifying

Research directions in Jani Christou’s

Strychnine lady


Maria Yerosimou, PhD

Faculty of Music Goldsmiths University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, UK

E mail address: mup01my@gold.ac.uk




Jani Christou was a major Greek composer, whose unusual, yet promising career was brought to an end after his untimely death in 1970 at the age of 44. His challenging and speculative output has intrigued generation of young music scholars; however, J. Christou’s work remains imperfectly and only patchily known and understood, especially outside Greece. This is partly because of the interdisciplinary nature of his late works which reduces the possibility of potential researchers who will academically establish J. Christou’s distinguished output. The aim of the present paper is to present and analyse parts of Strychnine Lady, a work composed in 1967 in order to propose research directions in an effort to confirm J. Christou’s posthumous reputation.


Key words: Experimental music theatre, avant garde music, contemporary music, 20th century music, Greek avant garde composer


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20141-226-241

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