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New-Age Music

New-Age Music: Orpheus and Eurydice

“Orpheus and Eurydice” is a poem by Anna Morfidou, that was set to music by Charis Trasanis. The composition has influences from the known Greek myth where, according to the plot, Orpheus travels to the underworld and by employing the power of his music, softens the hearts of Hades and Persephone, in order to allow [...]

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 [...]

Mythology - Greece

Mythology: Amalthea

Depending on the version of the myth one reads, Amalthea (Greek: Amalteia; meaning abundance, generosity) was either a goat, or a nymph, or even both. Whichever the case may be, the role played by her was largely the same as she was the one who raised him and kept him safe, hidden in a cave [...]

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Profile: Dimitri Mitropoulos

Dimitri Mitropoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης Μητρόπουλος) (Athens 1 March [O.S. 18 February] 1896 – Milan 2 November 1960), was a Greek conductor, pianist, and composer. He received international fame both as a major conductor and composer of the 20th century. Also known as Dimitris Mitropoulos. Mitropoulos was noted as a champion of modern music, such as that by [...]


Alexandros Papadiamantis: Autobiography

Alexandros Papadiamantis (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης; 4 March 1851 – 3 January 1911) narrating his life in a short autobiographical note: I was born in Skiathos on March 4, 1851. I finished the Greek school in 1863 but only in 1867 was sent to the High School of Halkida, where I heard the A and B [...]

Cooking Recipe - Chocolate

Cooking Recipe: Loukoumades with Banana and Chocolate (Greek Cuisine)

Loukoumades (Greek), lokma tatlısı or simply lokma (Turkish) or lokmades (Cypriot) (Greek: λουκουμάδες, singular λουκουμάς loukoumas, luqmat al-qadi (Arabic:لقمة القاضي, Persian: بامیه bamieh, see etymology below) are a kind of fried-dough pastry made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon, and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. In ancient Greece, these deep [...]

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 [...]

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