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Daniel of Tyrnavos

Profile: Daniel of Tyrnavos

Daniel was from Tyrnavos in Thessaly. His birth must have occurred in the first decade of the 18th century. It remains, for the time being, unclear how he moved from Tyrnavos to Constantinople. In Constantinople, Daniel studied with cantor Panagiotes Haladzoglou († 1748). Daniel served the Great Church of Christ as a Domestikos (the older [...]

Iakovos Nafpliotis

Profile: Iakovos Nafpliotis

Iakovos Nafpliotis, (or Nafpliotes or Naupliotis or Naupliotes: Greek: Ἰάκωβος Ναυπλιώτης) (Naxos, 1864 – Athens, December 5, 1942) was the Archon Protopsaltis (First cantor) of the Holy and Great Church of Christ at Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey). Iakovos Nafpliotis is one of the first cantor to have ever been recorded; many people also regard him being [...]

Nileas Kamarados

Profile: Nileas Kamarados

Nileas Kamarados was born in Bosporus in 1847. He died in Istanbul in 1922. His Father Antonis and his grandfather Constantinos escaped the massacre of Chios and set up a trading empire in Russia. They later returned to Asia Minor. He was an influential cantor in byzantine music and invented his own notational system based [...]

Iakovos Nafpliotis

Iakovos Nafpliotis: In the Red Sea

A Theotokion is a hymn to Mary, the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God), which is read or chanted (troparion or sticheron) during the Divine Services (Canonical hours and Divine Liturgy) of the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches. The Theotokion that occurs at the end of “Lord, I Have Cried” at Vespers is called a Dogmaticon because [...]

Konstantinos Pringos

Profile: Konstantinos Pringos

Konstantinos Pringos (1892 in Constantinople – 1964 in Athens) was a protopsaltes (leading cantor) in the Great Church of Constantinople from 1939 until 1959. In this position he succeeded Iakovos Nafpliotis, while Pringos himself was in turn succeeded by Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas. Although the oldest existing recordings of the Patriarchal School of Byzantine chant are the [...]

Konstantinos Pringos

Konstantinos Pringos: Hymn of Kassia

The most famous of her compositions is the eponymous Hymn of Kassiani (also known as the Troparion of Kassiani), sung every Holy Wednesday (commonly chanted late in the evening of Holy Tuesday). Tradition says that in his later years the Emperor Theophilus, still in love with her, wished to see her one more time before [...]

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 [...]

Gregory Levite

Profile: Gregory Levite

Gregory Levite (1777 – 1822) was a musician of Byzantine church music and one of the three founders of new music writing. Born in 1777. Was cantor of the Great Church, sweet-voiced chanter, distinguished music-teacher and excellent composer. He was primarily a student of George Cretan, from whom he learned the analytical and explanatory way [...]

Church Music - Jesus

Easter: Eastern Christianity

Easter (Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, [...]

Church Music - Jesus

Moveable Feasts: Easter

Easter (Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, [...]

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