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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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The Greek manuscripts in the "Virtual Manuscript Room" of the Mingana Collection

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Jan 15. 4 Replies

The Cadbury Research Library of the University of Birmingham has published excellent reproductions of the Greek manuscripts of the Mingana Collection of…Continue

Tags: Sticherarion, Petros Bereketis, Petros Peloponnesios, Oktoechos, Lectionaries

The pages of Nikola Antonov

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Jan 14. 7 Replies

Nikola Antonov with Gregorios Papaemmanouil, Archon Protopsaltes at the Patriarchate of Alexandria, at the klir of the Rila…Continue

Tags: Slavica, Bulgaria

Very rare recording of a cherouvikon argon realised by Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas in echos plagios devteros

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Jan 9. 9 Replies

Echos plagios devteros:I also insert the recordings for the cherouvika in the other echoi since you can also download the partitions.Echos devteros:Echos tritos:Echos tetartos:Echos plagios protos:Echos varys:Echos plagios tetartos:Continue

Tags: Oktoechos, Constantinople, Cherouvikon

Iviron 1203 secular song

Started by Andrija Sagic. Last reply by Polykarpos Polykarpidis Jan 7. 14 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

The Parisian heirmologion Coislin 220 online

Started by Oliver Gerlach Dec 12, 2019. 0 Replies

The microfilm of the Bibliothèque nationale, fonds Coislin manuscrit 220. “Coislin notation” was called after this manuscript. The black-and-white reproduction of the film is online since more than a year, but I will soon describe other manuscripts…Continue

Tags: Old Byzantine notation, Oktoechos, Manuscrits, Heirmologion, BnF

Sephardic recitation of the Torah and the Pentateuch

Started by Oliver Gerlach. Last reply by Oliver Gerlach Nov 21, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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


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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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