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A. Music In the Church | B. Byzantine Music and Hymnology | C. Typikon | D. Psaltic Fathers
From here you can investigate a number of areas related to the Psaltic Art. This section will grow as new areas are added, so check back soon.
A. Music In the Church
In this section you will find important texts, readings and presentations geared to an appreciation of the spirit, ethos and role of chant in the worship of the Church.
- The Seventy-fifth Canon of the Penthekte
- Text and translation of the seventy-fifth Canon of the Sixth Œcumenical Synod, concerning those who attend church for the purpose of chanting.
- Music for our Souls
- Links to a video presentation by GOTelecom (1991) for cable television distribution on the hymnography and music of the Church.
- “Music for our Souls” pt 1.
- “Music for our Souls” pt 2.
- “The Mystic Zion”
- An English translation of an article by the famous Greek iconographer, Photios Kontoglou, who was also a lover of the Psaltic Art. →
- Q & A on Psalmody and Prayer
- Saintly advice on the struggle and inner attitude necessary for prayer and psalmody in the Church.
B. Byzantine Music and Hymnology
This section offers a wealth of information on Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant notation, including learning to read the New Method (1814). Understanding the development of our sacred hymnography and the development of our liturgical cycles and services are also addressed. There is a short taxonomy of notational signs, information on Unicode encoding, history and much more. Make sure to check out the psalticPodcast, too.
The Psalter, the Troparion and our Orthodox Worship
- A short introduction to the origins of our Orthodox Hymnography in the form of a review of the development from Psalter to Troparion and its relationship to the various hymn types, like the kontakion, kanon and sticheron.
Learning the New Method of the Three Teachers
- Short, to the point, online lessons on how to read the New Method of Byzantine chant notation. This notation system is the culmination of centuries of Byzantine notation.
- The Essential Canon of Byzantine Music
- This is a list of essential books containing the classic texts and music every student of Byzantine music and chanter should know.
- The Hymnbooks of the Orthodox Church
- A list and description of the hymnbooks containing the sacred hymnography of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- Poikilia terpousa in English or Greek
- A PowerPoint presentation given at the Second Pan-Hellenic Conference on the Psaltic Art (Athens: 15-19 October 2003). It brings to light the results of a detailed study of Konstantinos Byzantios’ sticheraric melic compositions.
- Observations on the exegematic notation
- An article and presentation given at the International Musicological Society Study Group Cantus Planus (Hungary 2004).
- The NEUMES Project
- The Neumes or NEumed Unicode™ Manuscript Encoding Standard Project is a research project working toward the universal, non-lossy encoding standard for chant notations of both Latin and Byzantine Greek medieval manuscripts containing chant notation. For information on how I got involved go here; to visit the project’s main Web page, click here.
- Online Access to Manuscripts of Byzantine Chant
- Barton, L.W.G., C.J. Terzopoulos and J. Craig-McFeely, "Online Access to Manuscripts of Byzantine Chant," American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology; Byzantine Musical Culture: 1st International Conference, Greece 2007, click here.
- The EPHESIOS Byzantine Chant Notation Computer Fonts
- Visit the EPHESIOS Page for the whole story.
- Byzantine Chant: history - forms - function - influence
- An illustrated public lecture: 23 September 2010 to be given at the Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis MO); flyer.
D. Psaltic Fathers
Patristic texts regarding psalmody in the Church, a list of hymnographers and hymnodists, as well as other interesting bits of information.
- A patristic anthology regarding psalmody in the Church: St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian, Egeria, and others.
Holy Hymnographers and Hymnodists
- A list of Church hymnographers and hymnodists with some basic information on each.
Chrysanthos’ Narration on Music History
- An English translation from Chrysanthos of Madyton’s Θεωρητικὸν Μέγας τῆς Μουσικῆς narrative regarding the genesis and development of music, basically an history of Orthodox chant and hymnography.
- The traditional leitourgika for the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom in Mode IV Hagia
- Leitourgika Mode IV, hagia: pdf