This course will introduce us to the more demanding and elaborate aspects of 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 last two categories, which are characterized by long melismas, use of common phrases, frequent modulations, and a complex macro-structure.
Each class will be dedicated to the most complex sub-modes of each one of the eight main modes (echoi) of the Neobyzantine Octoechos, i.e. the first, the second, the third, the fourth, 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 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 are required to have attended either “Byzantine Repertoire 1” or “Byzantine Repertoire 2” before registering for this course. If Gerasimos knows you and that you're ready for Part 2, email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can allow you to register for Part 3.