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Nikola Antonov commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post The Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphonia and Triphonia
"The Oktaechon System of the Byzantine Music in the Theoretical Text Sources. The Tetraphonia (2009). Main Topics: The theological background related to the specifics, contents and time of appearance of the Byzantine theoretical texts The idea…"
Jun 11
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"But the last example was not chosen to convince you that notators of the kontakarion-psaltikon did not use the xeron klasma in general, I just wanted to prove that they use it in a different way. Just my first example (with the second ode) had a…"
Jun 2
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Last October I taught at the Comenius University of Bratislava a very specific subject “kontakia”. Thus, I had to sing out of different kontakaria and my students realised that each kontakion is elaborated according to the individual…"
May 31
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"The comparison of the echemata revealed the particular mesoi and phthorai of the Byzantine oktoechos, and also the fact that many kyrioi echoi are simply represented by a mesos (medial) or eso (based on the plagios) shaped echos! As far as the…"
May 30
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Concerning the tonal system, already the author of the Hagiopolites remarked considerable differences between the chant of the Asma (which obviously referred to the use of cheironomiai to coordinate the choir and the notation of the asmatikon which…"
May 29
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"So far everything I write here was about nothing else than about something I would call the mainstream of Byzantine musicology, including my contribution to it. Why mainstream? Because Middle Byzantine notation is the only one which can be read,…"
May 28
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"When I teach Byzantine music at universities, the most difficult thing is to teach about the different roles that different tone systems had. Why did Chrysanthos introduce heptaphonia with the monosyllabic solfeggio like νη, πα,…"
May 27
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Last September, when I was at a conference in Bucharest (you might remember my announcement here among the events), something happened which I could not believe that it is possible! Maria Alexandru and her students at the Aristotle University of…"
May 26
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Now what is the role of triphonia within a notation system which is so obviously based on the trochos system? There is always a simple way to integrate triphonia within the trochos, you can always do a transposition (ἡ…"
May 25
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"To say finally something about the tone system which is inherent Middle Byzantine notation: it is tetraphonia. For that very reason I would like to apologise that the last example taken from the sticherarion of the Ambrosian Library at Milan was…"
May 24
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"So far about simple echos-melodies which are not that simple within an heirmos, because the ode meter is a very sophisticated one and it can be used to compose new canons as well as akrosticha which multiply each ode with the composition of new…"
May 24
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"So far, this was just mainstream Byzantine musicology. Here it  seems the phthora nana indicated by a xeron klasma marks the top of a tetrachord (mesos or diphonon within the protos pentachord), the open question is if it causes another…"
May 23
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Now, what was something which I only discovered in my last publications, let us say since 2016, was that tone systems are already inherent in notational systems. Thus, they form the musical mind and structure the musical memory. I learnt it already…"
May 22
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"Now, after all these preliminary remarks I come to the subject tone systems which is one of the basic categories of harmonics (sg. τὸ σύστημα, pl. τὰ συστήματα). The…"
May 21
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"But if you like to go more into detail with this, we have this early papyrus (here the reconstuction with Lykourgos Angelopoulos): Here the fragment itself: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:POxy_1786.jpg The fragment, although from the end…"
May 20
Oliver Gerlach commented on Nikola Antonov's blog post Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphony and Triphony
"First of all, you should first forget about certain ideas mentioned by Chysanthos that the Western reception is closer to Ancient Greeks harmonics than the Byzantine reception of it. This was also some decades later an idea by the Viennese composer…"
May 20

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Liturgie, Théorie musicale, Manuscrits (paléographie)
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Byzantine music, Orthodox Church Music, Slavic and Greek sources

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The Klara Mechkova's books on Tetraphonia and Triphonia

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 12:00 24 Comments

Dear friends, I would like to present to you two books by Bulgarian researcher musicologist and professor of music history Klara Mechkova.



Over the last decade, she has published two books on Tetraphonia and Triphonia as the major systems of the Byzantine…

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