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Byzantine chant and all Oriental, Caucasian and Slavonic liturgies


Byzantine chant and all Oriental, Caucasian and Slavonic liturgies

This group (like any other one I opened) is dedicated to the comparative research between liturgical traditions. Concerning the subject of the Byzantine heritage of Orthodox chant, methodologies in this field were always forced to be comparative, because the nature of all the different neumes used by notators of Eastern Chant (Armenian, Georgian, ekphonetics, Byzantine notations developed between Antioch, Jerusalem, Sinai and Constantinople, the Slavic notation and its own tonal system etc.) was always to make a difference from the background and the foreground of realisation which was called the "thesis of the melos" in Greek terminology.

I wish not to discuss, if the Coptic tradition was based or influenced by the Hagiopolite oktoechos or not, I just would like to emphasise that this group is open to treat the subject of Coptic and Ethiopian chant as well, as any other Christian tradition of the Mediterranean, including its various exchanges with close Sephardic, Kurdish, Sufi and berber traditions. It does not exclude any tradition without any regard whether it developed dependently or independently of the Byzantine and the Ottoman empire.

Any language is welcome (including Slavonic languages and Greek or any other language), in my experience English is very important to discuss the meaning of Greek terms, and how they were translated and transferred into various languages. It includes all living traditions (also those of Old Believers) and all questions concerning their past back to the earliest tropologia (Iadgari, Šaraknoc', Tropligin), papyrus fragments and lectionaries.

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Sephardic recitation of the Torah and the Pentateuch

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Nov 21. 1 Reply

I thank Frédéric Tavernier-Vellas for communicating the following link, where you can listen and download mp3 files of field recordings made of famous hazzanot:

Tags: ethnomusicology, Sephardim, Makamlar, Ekphonetika

Discussion of the Byzantine tonal system

Started by Oliver Gerlach Oct 18. 0 Replies

DiscussionAfter Oliver Strunk’s study of the Byzantine tonal system in 1942, mainly based on Late Byzantine sources of the Papadikai, there has been very few resonance around Christian Thodberg’s study of the tonal system of the kontakarion 60 years…Continue

Tags: Oktoechos, Kontakion, Constantinople

The Byzantine manuscript known as “Book of Imperial Ceremonies” is online!

Started by Oliver Gerlach Oct 11. 0 Replies

University Library of Leipzig (D-LEu)The University reader already has a well made content bar which allows you to go through the manuscript without any further need of a detailed description (see the screenshot). The manuscript which is the main…Continue

Tags: Constantinople, Manuscrits

Iviron 1203 secular song

Started by Andrija Sagic. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Aug 13. 5 Replies

Dear friends,I look for a song from MS Iviron 1203ΘΡΗΝΟΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΛΩΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΜΠΟΣΝΑΣ (Lament For The Conquest Of Bosna).Can you help me to find it in original notation?THANK YOU!!!Continue

Tags: ethnomusicology, Athos, Ottoman, Iviron, Greece

2 chant manuscripts of Moni Vatopaidiou at the Library of Congress

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Aug 12. 2 Replies

MS 1488Beginning of the Pentekostarion…Continue

Tags: Oktoechos, Sticherarion, Manuscrits, Athos, Akolouthiai

Microfilms of Moni Iviron manuscripts at the Library of Congress

Started by Oliver Gerlach Aug 12. 0 Replies

Some selected manuscripts of the collection of Moni Iviron:…Continue

Tags: Athos, Manuscrits, Lectionaries, Iviron

16 chant manuscripts at the Russian State Library of Moscow online

Started by Oliver Gerlach Aug 8. 0 Replies

Index14th century (1)15th century (6)16th century (9)IntroductionThe Russian State Library of Moscow (RSL / РГБ for Российская государственная библиотека…Continue

Tags: Heirmologion, Oktoechos, Sticherarion, RUS-Mrg, Slavica

Svetlana Kujumdžieva: "The Early Oktoechoi" (Sofia 2013)

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Jul 31. 4 Replies

Current notice (28 January 2018) at the Bulgarian Academy of Science:…Continue

Tags: Sinai, Menaion, Tropologion, Oktoechos, Bulgaria

Three Anthologies of Byzantine composers written around Ioannes Trapezountios (1730s)

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach May 16. 2 Replies

Datation possible to the new appendix at the beginning of Ms. 334 which mentions Ioannes the Protopsaltes (1730s), who was until 1734/1736 still Lampadarios. The Kratematarion (Ms. 336) mentions one composer just as "Lampadarios" and only once as…Continue

Tags: Syme, Anthologies, Papadike, Manuscrits, Ioannes Koukouzeles

Argita Gjoroveni: Sticherarion Codex 81 Berat? of the Central State Archiv of Tirana (PhD, Università di Padova)

Started by Oliver Gerlach May 11. 0 Replies

I would like to inform you about this doctoral thesis, because it has not only an accurate codicological description (different hands of scribes and notators, local features of the manuscript like the feast for St Barbaros with an edition and…Continue

Tags: Catalogues, Sticherarion, PhDthesis, Oktoechos


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Comment by Oliver Gerlach on May 18, 2019 at 9:44

Please sign the petition “Save the Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae

See also the Blog entry about the campaign:

Comment by Angelo Lampousis on September 24, 2018 at 3:21

L’ensemble international Axion Estin Foundation Chanters célèbrera le Noël arménien en interprétant lors de courts concerts des chants typiques de cette période de l’année, issus des traditions orthodoxe orientale et arménienne (4 janvier, 14h, 16h, 18h). Compris dans le prix du billet d’entrée au musée.

Comment by Dominique Gatté on January 20, 2011 at 20:05
Merci de bien vouloir mettre les nouvelles discussions dans le forum du groupe

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