Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857)
What is special about Dionysios Solomos, who was born in the same year as Schubert, and who wrote poetry for the Greek and Cypriot national anthem, the "Hymn to Freedom"?
His life is connected to the Ionian Islands , a very special part of Greece that has never been under the Ottoman rule. On the contrary, Italian culture is still omnipresent today, since the islands (from Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south) were under Venetian rule until 1797.
The Greeks of the Ionian Islands are not only known for their melodic dialect, which is blurred with many Italian words. Above all, they are known for their love of music. It is sung everywhere in Ionion, in choirs, on the streets, in company and in the salon. The Kandades (from the Italian word "Cantata") of male choirs are still popular in Zakynthos (see the video channel at the bottom of the page). A beautiful opera house in Corfu was unfortunately bombed by the Germans in World War II, while the magnificent theater in Zakynthos, built by Radebeuler Ernst Ziller, was destroyed in one of the island's numerous earthquakes.
And something else interesting about the connections between Italy and Greece in the Ionian Islands, we see in the film with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", which was filmed in Kefalonia.