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« on: July 07, 2009, 02:25:13 PM »

What I would like to learn are all the Special Melodies.  Some I know, but only a few.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 05:03:01 PM »

You mean the 8 tones? See this thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,22098.0
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009, 05:25:30 PM »

HTM has a two CD set with PDF files on the second CD which has (In western notation) the melodies with and without text organized by the respective tones.  There are very few special melodies in the Varys (7th tone) so they are not included but there are a lot for tones 4 and plagal of 4.  I recommend it.  Just remember that the "special melodies" vary from the Greek to the Arabic  sometimes only slightly, but other times, pretty significantly.  And a lot of special melodies in the same tone are very similar to one another (see tone 3).

http://www.liturgica.com/cart/musicInfo.jsp?catNo=AB081

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009, 05:33:44 PM »


Actually they use the 8 tones, but there are some special melodies that differ from the regular 8 tones.  One would be "O Marvelous Wonder".  In Slavonic it would be called Podoben.  For pre-Christmas services we sing:  Tone 2. House of Ephratha.  In some Greek books its called the Model Melody.  I hope that helps.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 08:28:14 PM »

Some good sources of material:

http://stephenhowanetz.tripod.com - especially useful is this page from the site:  http://stephenhowanetz.tripod.com/podobni.htm

http://www.orthodoxpsalm.org/index.html - You will need to have a login account to access their Liturgical Music Resource library, but I've found a lot of good special melodies, both Byzantine and Slavic, here.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009, 09:26:32 AM »

Many thanks to all for your suggestions and resources.  I'm sure this will be a great help.  I remember, many years ago, Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville had a cassette of special melodies.  I should check to see if its still available.  Maybe, its been released on cd (wishful thinking).  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009, 09:10:44 PM »

Dear Father Vasyl:

I have some xerox copies of the Valaam chant book published before the Revolution. It is in Church Slavonic with square note stave notation. The Valaam monstary melodies are mostly Malo-Znammeny; but there are unique local melodies as well. The popular Balakirev arrangement of " The Angel Cried" is based on the Valaam melody. I believe the Valaam Sbornik contains some podoben melodies for the various tones. If you are interested, please private e-mail me.  * PM me for my e-mail address. *  with a postal address, and I'll send you copies.

Best wishes for your studies

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