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Oriental Orthodox Music

Salpy

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Thanks Salpy! You don't suppose there's a recording of the matins from Constantinople available somewhere online do you?
O.K.  I can't believe I found this on youtube.  I guess youtube has everything.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8E4tP7l9ae0

This is a recording of Park ee Partsoonts Asdoodzo done in Constantinople.  That hymn comes toward the end of the matins service.  It's a hymn which I think other Orthodox have also.  It starts off with "Glory to God in the Highest..."

Anyway, about a third of the way through you can hear them start with the cymbals.  Unfortunately, they don't show the deacon playing them.  You can hear them, though.  It really wakes you up when you are there early on a Sunday morning.  :)
 

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Try watching this to get a better feel for the Indian Liturgy:
http://www.youtube.com/v/xaooARLF4sw&rel=1
The celebrant is Rev.Fr.Aju Mathews. The consecration of the mysteries (from 1:28 to 3:19) is excellent.

Here are some hymns in Syriac, which is one of our liturgical languages. They are sung by Rev.Fr.M.P.George, who is the Principal of our School of Liturgical Music:
http://malankaraorthodoxchurch.in/images/zoom/BAIXHX/Itho_Itho.mp3
http://malankaraorthodoxchurch.in/images/zoom/BAIXHX/Oah_Umarudu.mp3
 

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Most excellent thank you..i enjoyed the video's .....stasko/stanislav
 

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Another Indian Orthodox video, I think related to the one posted earlier by jmkora.  The hymn in this one is so beautifully sung!  I think it's the Trisagion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3f50nNbDpY
 

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and me-qwa-mee-ya [prayer stick, just like the ones that the Sanhedrin & high-priests had on Passion of Christ].[/i]
What is the purpose of the prayer stick, besides just making standing easier? Does it have a practical or symbolic function? And is it reserved for clergy, or can any layman use one?
 

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I love Ethiopian music too. Here's one of my favourites:

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

The singing has such an ethereal quality to it. Can anyone tell me what it means when they hold their hands, palm upwards, as they sing?
 

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Here are some Palm Sunday processional hymns and chants by our Malankara Syrian Orthodox brothers.  I love how they have kids throwing the palm fronds in the air.  It must have been fun.  :)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-8D-ruysWvc&feature=related
 

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Those were beyond darling.  I especially liked the one where the kids had their own little prayer sticks.  :)
 

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Rosehip said:
I love Ethiopian music too. Here's one of my favourites:

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

The singing has such an ethereal quality to it. Can anyone tell me what it means when they hold their hands, palm upwards, as they sing?
Prayer...

In Ethiopia singing is prayer put to song or poetry (Mezmur).

In the old testament you will read about worshipping God with hands "lifted up".

Ethiopia is very rooted in the "old testament world" which intrigues many who incounter the nation today. Much of the nations character, eb and flow is that which is relevant to life of "biblical" era old and new testament worlds living as a single undivided culture.

It is forgotton by many that Ethiopia has played a direct role in the entire biblical epic.

It is very complex.

I hope this answered your question.

The song you posted here is very beautiful indeed. It is in Ge'ez and so I am not sure of all the words. But I can tell you that it is filled with praises of Gods gifts to us all and that such gifts are relevant to us and work (sera) with us (Christians) to keep us safe in this life while preparing for the next life.

Peace to you
 

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This is a hymn sung in the Armenian Church during Holy Thursday night.  It depicts Christ in his suffering yearning for the comfort of His holy mother.  Every year when this is sung, you can hear people in the congregation crying.  It is very sad and beautiful.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk0buDhyGSE&feature=related
 

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On Monday (June 2, 2008) I am going to be meeting with a group of Muslims... and I want to share some Orthodox chant with them.

Does anyone know of links to Orthodox chant in ARABIC

EkhristosAnesti has already shared two Arabic songs on his esnips account (Ya Mariam Al Bekr, Axion Ke Dikeon)... and thank you so much for that!  :)

If anyone knows of more... please share.

Thanks, and God bless
 

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You might want to try Coptichymns.net

http://www.coptichymns.net/index.php?module=hymns&func=catview

and Tasbeha.org

http://tasbeha.org/mp3.html

I think they have hymns in Arabic as well as Coptic.  I've seen some of them on Tasbeha come with lyrics and translations.
 

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http://www.coptichymns.net/modules.php?name=Coptic_Media&op=modload&file=index&p=Spiritual%20Songs/Arabic%20Songs

Here's some in Arabic, hymns and some traditional songs sung in the Coptic Church.  I would look at the ones with the end "Ayaad" since they stick with the traditional.  I haven't listened to the other ones.

Look also at "Pascha Songs."  My favorite in this one is this (Omonogenes, or "Oh Only Begotten Son" in Arabic):

http://www.coptichymns.net/modules.php?name=Coptic_Media&op=modload&file=index&l=12&p=Spiritual%20Songs/Arabic%20Songs/Pascha_Songs/pascha_ayuhal-ibn.rm

God bless.
 

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A beautiful Coptic Orthodox burial hymn from Holy Friday:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=No5PkVen3UA&feature=related
 

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_Seraphim_ said:
I believe I may have found a Serbian mezmur!!!  :D

Any honest, constructive feedback on how this video is like/unlike Ethiopian mezmurs?
Very beautiful, but different.

I do hear elements in the arrangement that like that of Ethiopian Mezmure.
 

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Salpy said:
Here are some Palm Sunday processional hymns and chants by our Malankara Syrian Orthodox brothers.  I love how they have kids throwing the palm fronds in the air.  It must have been fun.   :)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-8D-ruysWvc&feature=related
The above is repy 131 on page three of this thread.  Just now, I discovered an old thread elsewhere in the OO section describing what the children in that video are doing:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,5591.0.html#lastPost
 

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That is really great. My daughter wants to go now!

Could anyone translate and tell me what they are singing?
 

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The above youtube video seems to show what Mor Ephrem once described as a "simultaneous celebration."  It seems like an interesting Indian Orthodox tradition.  Mor Ephrem's comments on it can be found here:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,192.new.html#new
 

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Salpy said:
The above youtube video seems to show what Mor Ephrem once described as a "simultaneous celebration."  It seems like an interesting Indian Orthodox tradition.

Very interesting indeed.

I was a little confused when I first saw this video (because of the "simultaneous celebration"), but then I vaguely remembered the thread Salpy just mentioned.  Thanks for connecting the dots for us, Salpy.
 

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The Lord's Prayer in Syriac:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqLZr11JhMM
 

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St. Nersess Seminary has an instructional page on the Liturgy.

http://www.stnersess.edu/classroom/badarak/index.php?iw=1&lid=2&unth=1&id=1

If you click on the "hymns" button at the top, you get some of the hymns sung during the Armenian liturgy, with the music.
 

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This goes out to all my peeps who today embark on the Fast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.  8)

I've been wanting to post this since Pascha...

A young Ethiopian woman plays the "begena" (also called Harp of David)...
which I understand is only to be played during times of fasting.
 

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This is a "vesting hymn" sung at the beginning of the liturgy of the Armenian Church:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s7t8TNX4oM4

I think the pictures in the liturgy are from Noravank Monastery, an ancient monastery in Armenia.

The translation of the hymn is as follows:

O mystery deep, inscrutable, without beginning,
You have decked your supernal realm
As a nuptial chamber to the light unapproachable
And adorned with splendid glory the ranks of the fiery spirits.

Heavenly King,
Preserve your Church unshaken
And keep in peace
Those who worship your name.

(Translation taken from the Divine Liturgy book published by the Eastern Diocese of the United States.)
 
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