I showed this website to a Coptic friend of mine in Egypt, with recordings of Psalms (accompanied by a lute) on it:
and he said that they "were Protestant."
The Psalms are Protestant?! Wow. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean that the Psalms were a product of the Reformation? That the Psalms advocate Protestant theology? I'm not quite sure how else to reasonably take such an absurd conclusion.
His english isnt 100% great
When zay talk layek zis, do not lissan to za sings zay say.
Perhaps he mean't that they arent traditional pieces?
The composition is certainly not traditional. But then again, there are many compositions produced within and by the Coptic Orthodox Church only recently, and which are hence not technically "traditional". Some are Liturgical (composed in Coptic, with an evidently Coptic "flavour" and "feel"; i'm not musically-minded so forgive my lack of awareness of the appropriate terms, but essentially what I am trying to say is that to the common ear such hymns are rather indistinguishable from our traditional hymns--I can upload an example for you to download to help you get the drift of what I am saying if you wish), others are just spiritual songs. An example of the former is the hymn known as Apetjeek Evol (which was Liturgically incorporated as a hymn to precede the reading of the Praxis within the last century) which concerns the Incarnation, and another is the very famous spiritual song based upon the poetry of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Kayfa Ansa, which is purposed to inspire reflection and meditation on the Crucifixion of the Lord. Are these these hymns/spiritual-songs somehow any less "Coptic Orthodox" by virtue of their not having beheld the realm existence prior to the last century? Was there a certain expiry date that defined the point in time where the Coptic Orthodox Church could no longer produce hymns and spiritual songs to express her Orthodoxy and glorify God? If so, then when, and why? Or is there a certain amount of time needed to pass before these hymns/songs can be accepted as "traditional" by future generations?
Please note that any sense of sarcasm or mild rebuke conveyed by the tone of the above is certainly not directed to you, Thanatos, but rather to the one who commented in the manner they did.