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Links for Byzantine Music

Fr. George

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I wanted to start this thread, to create a one-stop place with links to find Byzantine Music.

http://analogion.com/ - This site contains selected resources on the Psaltic Art (also known as Psaltiki, Byzantine Chant or Byzantine Music).

http://www.analogion.net/ - In Greek.

http://sgpm.goarch.org/ - St. Gregory Palamas Monastery and Fr. Seraphim Dedes.  Home of Sunday Matins project.

http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/ - St Anthony's Monastery in Arizona.  Home of Divine Liturgies project and numerous resources.

http://stanthonysmonastery.org/music/Links.htm - Their extensive links page.

http://www.byzantine-musics.com/WelcomePage.htm

http://www.theologian.org/chant/

http://www.liturgica.com/

http://www.ec-patr.net/ - Chant at the patriarchal website.  Either Greek or English.

http://www.cmkon.org/ - Dedicated to Patriarchal-style chanting.  In Greek.

http://www.geocities.com/orthodoxoi_istotopoi/byz_mous.html - In Greek.
 

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This site is great, because it has (amongst its files) some of the older and more traditional books for Chanting in the Patriarchal Style.

http://graeca.canto.ru/upload/MontrealPsaltiki/

The guy who runs the site sounds like a terrific Cantor, and is a student of a very traditional Cantor himself.
 

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http://www.youtube.com/user/vagos2006
http://www.youtube.com/user/GreekOrthodox
http://www.youtube.com/user/amandia008
http://www.youtube.com/user/alepporthodox

Some Youtube users that I've stumbled upon who have uploaded loads of great Byzantine chant recordings.
 

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THis is too is some top notch byzantine music. http://youtube.com/watch?v=YeZQ4YYinrs
 

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Andrew21091 said:
I really love to hear Byzantine chant in Romanian, it is truly a beautiful language.
It sounds to me like a cross between Byzantine and Gregorian chant.
 

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www.newbyz.org/
Site of Stan and Nancy Takis
Byzantine chant in English with western notation.
 

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This collection of links is likely a bit broader in scope than cleveland intended with this thread - and my apologies for that. It's the remains of a resource thread on chant that I had created at the old CAF forum, but that regretably disappeared in the effort to rewrite history over there. I have not checked the links of late (would have, but I had to convert the coding to post it and that took longer than I expected), so I'm hopeful that most remain good. (Also, please excuse what may sound a bit basic and patronizing in the tone of the opening text - it was written for the benefit of an audience that would have included many unfamiliar with our liturgical music heritage, tradition, and style, not for one of primarily Eastern and Oriental Christians.)

A variety of musical forms are used in the Eastern & Oriental Churches.

Most Eastern and Oriental Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, perform liturgical music a capella.  As most of these Churches have their origins within an ethno-cultural framework, the peculiar form that each uses tends to be rooted in the culture and heritage from which its faithful originally came. Thus, Byzantines of the Greek Tradition (e.g., Albanians) utilize a different style than will Byzantines of the Slav Tradition (e.g. Ruthenians); the same is true of Antiochene Churches of East Syriac versus West Syriac Traditions.

Even within Traditions, there are differences, e.g. between Ruthenians and Ukrainians, both Byzantine Slavic Churches; prostopinije is used most often by the former, while kyevan chant is most used by the latter.

Except in instances where a Church has been influenced by external liturgical praxis (e.g., latinization), few if any differences should be observable between the musical forms used in Catholic or Orthodox Churches from the same heritage.

Arabic chant, used in Melkite Catholic and Antiochene Orthodox Churches has similarities to Islamic vocalizations, the latter having borrowed from the pre-existing Arabic Christian forms. The vocalization style used in Christ's time is likely most closely approximated by the Aramaic and Syriac chant of Maronites, Syriac Catholics and Orthodox, and Chaldean Catholics and their Assyrian counterparts, as well as the styles of Hebrew chant preserved by Jews in their worship. See Jewish Liturgical Music

For audio clips of Eastern and Oriental liturgical music, visit these:

Eastern Catholic Liturgical Hymns is a diverse collection of liturgical texts and hymns from a variety of Eastern Catholic Churches, gathered by Donald Wyckoff (who has recently added traditional Latin Rite music to the site). Most of the material here is, unfortunately, instrumental rather than in its traditional a capella presentation, but it does offer a sense of the hymnody. Be patient, as the site is slow to load.

Hymns from the Byzantine Liturgical Tradition is a wonderful range of music from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America's beautiful website.

Choir Chant of the Byzantine Slovak Catholic Church was recorded by a Byzantine Slovak Catholic parish in Bratislavia.

Byzantine Melkite Liturgical Chant is offered at the site of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Australia. The page is, unfortunately, written in Arabic, which I can neither read nor speak. The links, however, are obvious - click on any of them to listen.

Plainchant in the form of Ruthenian prostopinije is beautifully presented at the website of the American Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Diocese.

Georgian Chant (for which I used to have a great link, alas no longer functional) is reportedly the oldest Byzantine liturgical form. Regretably, to the best of my knowledge, there are presently no working chant links available on-line for this form. You can, however, hear an audio file of a traditional instrumental rendition of Shen Kar Venati - the Cherubic Hymn

Coptic Hymnody for the Feast of the Resurrection was recorded by the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Hymns were recorded by St. Mary's Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church in Los Angeles.

The Anaphora of Addai & Mari is the Mystery of the Eucharist from the Holy Liturgy of the Assyrian Church of the East, chanted in Classical Eddessan Syriac. This Anaphora is unique among those of the Apostolic Churches in that it recites no explicit narrative of the Words of Eucharistic Institution.

Maronite Music on the old (but presently still available) website of Saint Jude Maronite Catholic parish in Orlando, FL (the Maronite Liturgical Chant recorded by the parish choir appears to no longer be available on the site - these are audio clips from a recording by a Maronite nun)

Podoben, a site belonging to Saint Nicholas OCA Cathedral in Washington (DC), is entirely devoted to Eastern Christian music.

Mixed Liturgical Chants, also at Saint Nicholas' site, offers a fascinating array of liturgical midis, primarily, but not entirely, from the Byzantine Slav traditions - including several (Serb, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian) for which I hadn't posted links above.

Russian Old Believer Znamenny Chant is an isolated link from a site offering a broad selection of Russian Old Believer chant. The main site is, unfortunately in Russian, making it difficult (let's say impossible) for linguistically challenged Russophiles like myself to navigate.

Russian Liturgical Music is a presentation of Saint Michael's Russian Greek-Catholic Church in New York City.

Orthodox Music Downloads are offered at Ivan Moody's deservedly renowned UK site.

Armenian Liturgical Chant can be sampled by clicking on any of the album covers.

Many years,

Neil

ok- at a quick check, the Maronite, Ethiopian, and Georgian links are the only inoperative ones. I'll try and find substitutes for them, but I don't have much hope for the Georgian
 

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My favorite Serbian site:
<a href="http://www.serbianorthodoxchurch.net/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?action=getpage&page=music">Church Music</a>

<a href="http://www.sv-luka.org/chants/indexmedch.html">Medieval Chants</a>
See link in right hand top for more there.
 

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Anyone know where I can get some good mp3s of Byzantine chant? Any language but English please.
 

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Thank you for this! I've got quite a few in Greek already but there's always room for more. Romanian is a stunning language, can't wait to hear it chanted, and Romany? That should interesting.
 

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How about Arabic, Turkish, Georgian & the other Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish & Portuguese)? Chinese & Japanese would be cool too.
 

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For Arabic (and the occasional Greek), plug this link into your media player, preferably one that records streaming audio to store it.

http://sc9.spacialnet.com:22118/listen.pls
 

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SamB said:
For Arabic (and the occasional Greek), plug this link into your media player, preferably one that records streaming audio to store it.

http://sc9.spacialnet.com:22118/listen.pls
augustin717 said:
A few in French, from the Francophone monastery of Cantauque, under the juristiction of the Romanian Metropolis of Western Europe:
http://www.monastere-cantauque.com/musique.html
Good stuff. May I say that I'm quite surprised that this thread is so quite, the OO music thread is at 10 pages already.
 

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Ninth Ode of the Matins (Plagal Second Tone)
Come, o faithful! Let us enjoy the Master's hospitality: the Banquet of Immortality! In the upper chamber with uplifted minds, let us receive the exalted words of the Word, Whom we magnify!
In Romanian:
“Din ospatul Stapanului si din masa cea nemuritoare, veniti credinciosilor la loc inalt, cu ganduri inalte sa ne indulcim, pe Cuvantul cel Preainalt, din cuvantul Lui cunoscandu-L, pe Care il slavim”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0DXTSDpzHQ
 

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http://www.speedyshare.com/files/22146637/download/Christ%20is%20Risen%20Tone%205%20Arabic.mp3

Musical Scores:

http://www.speedyshare.com/files/22146645/download/Finale%202006c%20-%20%5BChrist%20is%20Risen%20Arabic%20Pl%20First%20Mode.pdf
 

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Clearly chanted and transcribed. I was looking for something like this! I guess we'll be ready for next year.
 

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Wonderful!  Thank you.
 

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1. By Protopsaltis Mitri El Mur (long  version) with ISON (chanted by Subdeacon Karim El-Far)
http://www.speedyshare.com/files/22196629/Christ_is_Risen_Long_Pl._1_Mode_5.mp3

2. Traditional Arabic version (short version) with ISON (chanted by Subdeacon Karim El-Far)
http://www.speedyshare.com/files/22196628/Christ_is_Risen_Short_Pl._1_Mode_5.mp3


In the Risen Lord,
Subddeacon Karim/
 

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Instead of Downloading the Video Clips with the Hymns ,Just record The songs, or Hymns  With the Free Internet Radio recorder  Mp-3  My Mp-3 in wave or Mp-3 files...They also have a payed version of the recorder ..The free one is complete ,works well for me..The payed version  gives more recording formats one can record in ....
 

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Beautiful, potent Greek chant of the Great Doxology:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF1FATlYGjk

Psalm 135:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52AOQ8DJc1o
 

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http://orthodoxalbania.org/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=69&Itemid=76&lang=en - Byzantine chant in Albanian. I know that in "Αναστάσιμη Ακολουθία" there are Paschal hymns and in "Simulants and other" various
 

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This guy, Eiryk Emnoshele has a great YT channel of Byzantine music:
http://www.youtube.com/user/fujsiemensvideos

This piece in particular (Thrice-holy hymn of Kalogirou) chanted by the Vatopedi monks is amazing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W7_dYmbHY0

The same one chanted by a monk I accidentally found yesterday (his voice is angelic):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM9UJRBHMLI
 

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Interesting (at least for me) old Serbian byzantine chant for the feast of the Etrance of the Theotokos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F-MJQlkEZgE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKjaw_RjIB8 (especially from 5:18)
 

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Vesperal doxastikon, of the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos, mode pl. 1st, composed by st. Ioannis Koukouzelis (+1360) and translated into the new method by Chourmouzios the Archivist (+1840)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caMqHEp7FdI

Lycourgos Angelopoulos' Greek Byzantine Choir

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/troposhalaris/videos?view=0
 

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