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« on: June 07, 2013, 05:46:00 PM »

I've never visited a Romanian church (there are none near where I live) but I'm kind of interested in the culture, history and language of that country.

I'm curious: Does the music found in Romanian churches come from the Byzantine or the Slavic traditions? I looked up some videos of Romanian chant on YouTube and was surprised to hear several Greek melodies I'm familiar with. I had presumed that Romanian church music would draw more on the Slavic traditions (ie Obikhod or Znamenny chant) instead of the Byzantine. Am I incorrect?

Is there a specific "Romanian" style of chanting or church music?
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 06:20:57 PM »

They sing in many ways in Romania but neither obikhod or znameny have anything to do with it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 06:34:38 PM »

I'm not Romanian, however I'm very interested in Orthodox music (excluding Eastern-Slavic composers, I'm rather a traditionalist in these matters).
Generally, pure byzantine chant or Romanian-byzantine (similarly like in Serbia we have Serbian-byzantine chant and also typical byzantine chant), but some compositions of Romanian composers are also used (I appreciate especially Paul Constantinescu, whose works are based on byzantine chant - listen to the hirmoses of the firsts odes of the Nativity and Paschal canons; the second one I've heard also in Greek language).

However, Moldovians very often use synodal (obikhod) chant and some arragments of Eastern-Slavic composers
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 07:09:58 PM »

I've forgotten about one exception: the Great Canon of st. Andrew of Crete seems to be chanted practically only in the same way as it's done in Poland, Russia etc. I mean the hirmoses are sung (and that's the same melody as in the countries I've mentioned) and the troparias are read, while e.g Serbians use different (Serbian-byzantine) melody for the hirmoses and Greeks (that's at least what I've heard from recordings and people attending the Canon in Greek parishes) chant everything of this canon using byzantine melody
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 05:18:06 PM »

Hello,

This is the music of the Romanian Orthodox Liturgy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4JhYKuraHY&list=PLFAB6F18ECC601549 . It is composed by Gavriil Muzicescu. If you want, go to http://www.radiotrinitas.ro/# for live broadcast of Liturgy and other rituals - they have a good chorus and the "psaltic" guys are professionals.

In monasteries the monks sing also what we call "psaltic" music, which is very difficult to learn and interpret. For example, how these guys sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXE8PqLDqy4 or them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goqi2m1pRnw .

A virtual tour of few interesting places of my country: http://www.patrimoniuromanesc.ro/ .

And if you like the classical music, look on internet for:

George Enescu

Enescu romanian rhapsody no. 1
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Enescu romanian rhapsody no. 2
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Balada entru vioara

Constantin Dumitrescu

Dans taranesc

Ciprian Porumbescu

Balada pentru vioara si orchestra
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Rapsodia romana
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Ciocarlia
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Crai nou

Nicolae Kirculescu

Moment muzical

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