This course will introduce us to Byzantine chanting. The repertoire of this tradition could be divided into three main categories, from the simplest to the most complex: syllabic, neumatic and melismatic. We will focus on some indicative vocal pieces of the first two categories.
This course, complimentary to Byzantine Repertoire 2, will be dedicated to the various sub-modes of the first four main modes (echoi) of Neobyzantine Octoechos.
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.
Throughout this course we will reference 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.