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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, [...]

Octoechos

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 [...]

Panos Vasilonikolos

Profile: Panos Vasilonikolos

Panos Vasilonikolos was born in Athens. He finished the National Diploma in Percussion with distinction under the teaching of D. Papadimitriou, who was the principal timpanist at the National Greek Opera and studied at the Ionian University in Corfu, at the Music Department specializes in classical percussion in orchestra. Key member of the percussion ensemble [...]

Musicology

Meaning in music vs Meaning in language (Part 3)

In the previous articles we arrived to the conclusion that meaning has to be assigned to sound so that the sound would be capable of communicating a message. It is our human need to assign meaning, since we strive to grasp the universe in its complexity. Art, may as well be nothing more or less [...]

Art-Core

S. N. Kassos: Notes for Art Core Concert (June 26th, 2013)

Programme Notes (for Art Core Concert of June 26th) by composer S. N. Kassos. Those songs that are about to be executed for the first time in public at the Art Core Concert of June 26th were composed as separate parts that together form a unity.

Orchestra - Music

Music Instrument: English Horn (Cor anglais)

The cor anglais, or English horn (American English), is a double-reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family. The cor anglais is a transposing instrument pitched in F, a perfect fifth lower than the oboe (a C instrument), and is consequently approximately one and a half times the length of the oboe. The fingering and playing [...]

Military Band Music

Music Instrument: French Horn

The horn (also known as the corno and French horn) is a brass instrument made of more than 20 feet (6.1 m) of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. A musician who plays the horn is called a horn player (or less frequently, a hornist). In informal use, “horn” refers to nearly any [...]

Instrumental Music for Piano

Music Instrument: Piano

The piano is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. Widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment, the piano is also popular as a tool for composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano’s versatility and ubiquity have made it one [...]

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