Pergamos - Library and Information Center of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Since a very long time I planned to announce this important collection which includes very rare and precious autographs of many important psaltes and Archon protopsaltes who contributed to Greek-Orthodox chant as well as to makam genres (the so-called “external music”, ἡ μουσική ἐξωτερική) between the 17th and 19th centuries, among them the leavings of Konstantinos Psachos and Gregorios the Protopsaltes (one of the “great teachers” who also preserved important autographs and sketchbooks by Petros Peloponnesios). The reason, why I hesitated to announce this important collection (probably the most crucial with all relevant sources concerning the patriarchal hyphos), was that the digitised sources were not available. Meanwhile, the descriptions of the sources are bilingual (in Greek and English), and the medium resolution of the digitised manuscripts allow to study the whole collection online.

A more recent initiative is a sound-archive with recordings by students of the music department.

I would like to thank Flora Kritikou and all her staff members who finally succeeded to grant open access for the collection of the Konstantin A. Psachos Library!

I will offer here some descriptions of selected manuscripts.

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