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Byzantine Music

Musicology: Neobyzantine Octoechos

In a modified form the octoechos is still regarded as the foundation of the tradition of monodic Orthodox chant today, known as Neobyzantine Octoechos. From a Phanariot point of view, the re-formulation of the Octoechos and its melodic models according to the New Method was neither a simplification of the Byzantine tradition nor an adaption [...]

Byzantine Music - Mystras

Musicology: Papadic Octoechos

Papadic Octoechos exists until the 18th century. Until 1204 neither the Hagia Sophia nor any other cathedral of the Byzantine Empire did abandon its habits, and the Hagiopolitan eight mode system came into use not earlier than in the mixed rite of Constantinople, after the patriarchate and the court had returned from their exile in [...]

Byzantine Music Theme

Musicology: Hagiopolitan Octoechos

The Octoechos as a liturgical concept which established an organization of the calendar into eight-week cycles, was the invention of monastic hymnographers at Mar Saba in Palestine and in Constantinople. It was formally accepted in the Quinisext Council of 692, which also aimed to replace the exegetic poetry of the kontakion and other homiletic poetry, [...]


Musicology: Octoechos

Oktōēchos (here transcribed “Octoechos”; Greek: ὁ Ὀκτώηχος [okˈtóixos]; from ὀκτώ “eight” and ἦχος “sound, mode” called echos; Slavonic: Осмогласие, Osmoglasie from о́смь “eight” and гласъ, Glagolitic: ⰳⰾⰰⱄⱏ, “voice, sound”) is the name of the eight-mode system used for the composition of religious chant in Byzantine, Syrian, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, Latin and Slavic churches since the [...]


Music Instrument: Harp

The harp is a multi-stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicularly to the soundboard. Organologically, it is in the general category of chordophones (stringed instruments) and has its own sub category (the harps). All harps have a neck, resonator and strings. Some, known as frame harps, also have a pillar; those [...]

Constantine Psachos

Profile: Constantine Psachos

Constantine Psachos (c. 1866 – 1949) was a Greek musician and musicologist. Born in the Grand Stream (Arnaouti-kioi) of Constantinople (Istanbul), between years 1866 – 1874. He served as a teacher of Greeks at a Constantinople girls’ school. He studied Byzantine and ancient Greek music and excelled in his works. Also, invented a keyboard musical [...]

Greek Ancient Music

Dimitris Keramidakis: Genesis

A composition for the mythological museum inspired by the ancient Greek culture and the ancient Greek spirit. The music is recorded based on technological equipment trying to emulate the sound of orchestra and samples as well based on primary sounds such as monochord, percussion, vocals, flutes; combining the sounds of yesterday with the current ones.


Did speech give birth to music, or vise versa? (Rhythm and Mode working together)

Having discussed the two major elements, that spoken language share with music (rhythm and melody), this article aims in demonstrating those elements in practice. Going back in time, the practices of music become somewhat simpler than those of the present day. In sacred music in particular, a great many manuscripts were handed down to us, [...]

Greek Ancient Music

Ancient Music: Greece (Index)

The music of ancient Greece was almost universally present in society, from marriages and funerals to religious ceremonies, theatre, folk music and the ballad-like reciting of epic poetry. It thus played an integral role in the lives of ancient Greeks. There are significant fragments of actual Greek musical notation as well as many literary references [...]

Ancient Music

Ancient Music (Index)

Ancient music is music that developed in literate cultures, replacing prehistoric music. Ancient music refers to the various musical systems that were developed across various geographical regions such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, India, China, Greece and Rome. Ancient music is designated by the characterization of the basic audible tones and scales. It may have been [...]

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