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Kyriakos Kalaitzides' doctoral thesis: "Post-Byzantine Music Manuscripts as a Source for Oriental Secular Music (15th to Early 19th Century)". Würzburg 2012.

Manuscript reproduction on the cover
Gritsanis 8, 323 (17th c.):

Ἐντεύθεν ἄρχονται καὶ μερικὰ τραγώδια καὶ μουραμπάδες
From here start some songs and murhabbas

Kalaitzidis, Kyriakos (Engl. translation by Kyriaki and Dimitris Koubaroulis)
Post-Byzantine Music Manuscripts as a Source for Oriental Secular Music (15th to Early 19th Century)
Istanbuler Texte und Studien, 28.
Orient-Institut Istanbul
Würzburg: Ergon, 2012.
356 pages with many reproductions from manuscripts – 170 x 240 mm. Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-89913-947-1



Martin Greve (Orient-Institut):

The idea for this English edition of Kyriakos Kalaitzidis’ Ph.D. thesis came into being during the conference entitled "Writing the History of "Ottoman Music," which was organized by the Orient-Institut Istanbul in cooperation with the State Conservatory for Turkish Music of the Technical University Istanbul in November 2011. It was planned to invite Kyriakos Kalaitzidis to share his experience as a performing musician, but he proposed a paper on Ottoman music in post-Byzantine music manuscripts. As it turned out almost none of the Turkish and international experts on Ottoman music in attendance had ever heard about this research and these sources. The paper itself caused a true sensation: By mining diverse post-Byzantine manuscript collections in libraries and monasteries for the first time, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis discovered about 4,200 pages of previously unknown notations of secular Greek, Ottoman and Persian music. After the publication of two known collections of Ottoman art music prior to the 19th century, Ali Ufki’s Mecmua and the collection of Cantemir, these new sources promise a third outstanding historical corpus of compositions.

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Comment by Oliver Gerlach on February 1, 2018 at 10:19

See also my late review of this book for the journal Porphyra (25):


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