THE NEO-BYZANTINE does not denote the traditional modes.

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The Reform of the Music Notations

Chrysanthos of Madytos (ca. 1770-1846), Gregory the Protopsaltis, and Chourmouzios the Archivist were responsible for a much needed reform of the notation of Greek ecclesiastical music.

Their work consisted of simplifying the complex musical symbols.

Their work is a landmark in the history of the Greek church music, since it introduced the system of neo-Byzantine music notation, upon which are based the present-day chants of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The simplification attracted many believers to study the new Byzantine notation.