Byzantine Repertoire (14th cent. - today)

with Gerasimos Papadopoulos

  • Byzantine
  • Voice
  • English

Description

This course will focus on Byzantine chanting. We will examine some indicative vocal pieces of Byzantine music from the Middle Ages to the present. Our practice will be based on transcriptions of pieces in the Turkish five-line score, which is an adaptation of the Western score suitable for modal music systems. We will practice specific vocal techniques and become familiar with basic ornamentation used in this music.

Each class will be dedicated to one of the eight modes (echoi) of Byzantine music theory, each of which includes a variety of specific melodic behaviors. We will also explore the relationship between the lyrics and different aspects of the music, including modulations and the “texture” of the piece – syllabic, neumatic or melismatic. Throughout the course we will reference notions of Western music theory, Greek modes (dromoi) and Ottoman makam in order to place the Byzantine musical tradition within a wider musical spectrum. Students don’t need to have prior knowledge of Byzantine music. Some vocal experience will be helpful.

This course includes

  • 16 Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access to Video Recordings
  • Certificate of Completion

Student requirements

  • Instrumental technique: basic
  • Western theory: any level
  • Modal music theory: any level
  • Sight reading: basic
  • Transposition: any level
  • Learning by ear: any level
  • Composition: any level
  • Improvisation: any level

Day Date Start Finish
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.


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