Resources for medieval musicology and liturgy
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.
Latest Activity: Sep 16
Also concerning the book kontakarion the collection of Sinai is exceptional, since it has a great variety of books which has only recently be studied by musicologists as well. Especially the unnotated kondakaria-tropologia are interesting, because…Continue
As promised I upload Kenneth Levy's contribution to Ladislav Mokrý's conference “Anfänge der slavischen Musik” at Bratislava in August 1964 which was published in exactly the same year like Constantin Floros' publication dedicated to the same…Continue
This evening I would like to present you Father Stiliyan, a monk of the Bačkovo Monastery who was as a typikar responsible for the divine services in this monastery of the Rhodope Mountains.You can listen to a complete recording which we made of the…Continue
My dear colleague Tatiana Švets, teaching Old Russian chant at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, published the whole manuscript Saint-Petersburg, National Library of Russia, Ms. Q.п.I.32 as a virtual exhibition together with a detailed…Continue
Please note that today is Palm Sunday according to the Orthodox (revised Julian) calendar. Thus, you can start right now with the tropologion Codex sinaiticus graecus 759 (see below).The tropologion developed all the features of the sticherarion and…Continue
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