"Crete is an island where many people from different countries, cultures and religions have lived and have left their traces. So isn't music in Crete today a product of all these mixtures and cultural elements?"
Dr. Hnaraki's self-posed question is answered in the affirmative as the author takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the five steps - or five chapters - of this book, constructed in the spirit of the traditional pendozalis five-step dance. Writing in an intensely personal style, bringing into her narrative gods and heroes from Greek mythology and literature as well as present-day musicians and performers, Hnaraki succeeds in evoking both the rich history and the vibrant present of Cretan music. The book is written in the English language. It includes notes, list of sources, glossary and suggested discography for readers who wish to study certain topics further. The book is accompanied by a CD entitled Cretan Music: Unraveling Ariadne's Thread including traditional Cretan songs and dances.