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 1, will be dedicated to the various sub-modes of the last four main modes (echoi) of Neobyzantine Octoechos: the first plagal, the second plagal, the varys and the fourth plagal modes.
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 are not required to have taken Byzantine Repertoire 1 in order to take this course.
TIME CHANGES: This course's schedule includes a transition to/from Daylight Saving Time (aka Summer Time), which may mean that the class times will vary for you. Please set your time zone, and check the schedule on the course page carefully, so you don't miss anything.