21.4.2020

Oudosti kehutaan, miten kuulokkeilla kuuleekin hienosti. Perusfysiikka kuitenkin kertoo, ettei musiikin kuuntelua hyvien kaiuttimien kautta voita mikään, ainakaan muu kuin vihainen naapuri.Etenkin René Jacobsin uusimmat levytykset passioista ja sellaisten kuin Händelin, Vivaldin, Charpentierin, Boccherinin ja sitten renessanssimusiikista – Josquin ja muut – aiheuttaa elimistöllisiä muutoksia. Niin, onhan siellä myös Mozartia, paljonkin. Ja Jacobs on erikoisen…

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Tilanteessa on jotakin erityistä, jokin on toisin. Tunnelma on vakava, intensiivinen. Yhtäkkiä emme olekaan enää vain soittamassa sinfonista runoa; olemme saattamassa vainajaa tuonpuoleiseen. Jättämässä jäähyväisiä, kunnioittamassa elämää, kaipaamassa yhdessä. Kapellimestarimme Eero Lehtimäki on juuri omistanut soittamamme teoksen vastikään menehtyneelle läheiselleen. Itkuvirsitutkijan mieli, voimakas, kuolema-aiheinen sinfoninen runo esitettävänä, teoksen omistaminen vainajan muistolle ja performanssiteoriat – asetelma…

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During the relatively short time between the two World Wars, Serbian society in the sphere of politics, economic and social aspects underwent a fast and fundamental transformation from a patriarchal structure towards a modern urban profile. Open both to East and West, the state invested a great deal in the international education of the younger…

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The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has produced one of the world’s most extensive and profound liturgical traditions, consisting of three liturgies (St Basil, St Cyril, and St Gregory Nazianzes), services for the Offices (Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline, the Prayer of the Veil, and Matins), hundreds of hymns included in a special office…

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Like the titles of other conference papers, this one should express the kernel of the paper; however the kernel is not the objective of the paper: the objective concerns a way to solve a contradiction that appears in producing “modern” Christian liturgical chants, while the kernel concerns certain musical “technology” (syntax), i.e. musically formal properties…

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In Byzantine musical manuscripts a number of compositions entitled thetalikon, politikon or persikon are regularly found. As is generally accepted, titles as thetalikon or politikon indicate an analogous origin for these chants, while, respectively, in the case of persikon an influence from a so-called “external chant” is suggested. In the same way, other titles as…

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On 30 August 1652, the relics of St Daniel of Moscow were found, and were transferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical councils. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact time of the canonization of St Daniel. Archimandrite Dionysius believed that it happened on the 30 August 1652, while the…

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Vespers is the first service of the day. The liturgical books prescribe the order and the poetic text of the vesperal hymns. The musical codices called Papadikes, covering the cycle of offices, put in order the hymns of the Great Vespers “Composed by various poets”. The main function of the Vesper service as expressed in…

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Whilst Edward Williams’s idea of an ars nova within the context of the music of the Orthodox Church provided musicologists with a new and fruitful way of viewing the flourishing of kalophonic chant in the 14th century, we may still legitimately ask how the idea of a “new art” may intersect with the concept of…

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It is well known that Romania has found herself over time at the confluence of several cultures (Latin, Greek, Slavic, Western). The Romanian people are Latin, speaking a Romance or new Latin language, but are also promoters of the Orthodox faith, with Byzantine roots and heritage. This situation explains why Romanian culture in general and…

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There is hardly any relevant musicological and theological literature regarding the content and meaning of terms such as canon and Holy Tradition, on the one hand, and creativity and innovation in connection with ecclesiastical psalmody on the other. The focus of our attention here is a specific phenomenon of kalophony (“beautified” chant) which Edward Williams…

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This paper deals with aspects of a culture related to several nations, ethnic and religious communities in the Carpathian area, especially in the region of the Eparchy of Mukačevo, i.e., Eastern Slovakia, Sub-Carpathian Rus ́, South-Eastern Poland and North-Eastern Hungary. Geographically, these regions have always been borderlands. In the cultural, religious and liturgical context they…

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It is known from Typikon that during the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom served on the Feasts of the Lord and of the Mother of God, a special hymn (the heirmos) is chanted instead of the usual hymn to the Mother of God, Axion estin. The heirmos replacing Axion estin depicts the festive spirit…

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The contemporary Georgian composer Nodar Mamisashvili, as the author of the musical system of three-phase composition, the man who calculated the formula of the Georgian church bell alloys and their acoustic features, and who took a great interest in various branches of science and their synthesis, occupies a special place in Georgian musical space on…

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Although this paper deals with the historical singing practice of a single locality — Valaam Monastery — at a given time, it also seeks to answer a more general question pertaining to Orthodox church music. I am concerned with stichera — those short hymns of every Vespers and Orthros that are usually sung in chains,…

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This paper aims to present the way in which the sticheron "Χριστοῦ τὸν ἱεράρχην", written in honour of St Athanasius the Great, in the plagal of the second mode, is set to music firstly according to the old (non-kalophonic) compositional style and secondly according to the kalophonic one. I shall then try to present the…

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There are some discoveries in life that seem to fall from the sky. One of those is a hitherto virtually unknown manuscript on the Byzantine Octoechos and Greek music by one of the most famous and prominent Czech composers of the twentieth century, Bohuslav Martinů. My “story” with this manuscript started on my birthday, 14…

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Chants represent strictly religious art. Church songs are holy treasures of the Georgian people. The interest of composers in church music increased greatly in the 20th-21st centuries. Many composers not only use religious themes for their works, but compose chants. Various composers, however, contradict the canons regarding chanting, as described by the hymnographers. Often, contemporary…

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