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Finding Byzantine Music online
« on: March 26, 2006, 07:39:42 PM »
In my ever-continuing quest to expose myself to more and more byzantine music, and musical "composers," I was wondering if anyone knew of some good sites to find different Byz Music texts online.

I have been very pleased with the texts St. Anthony's has put out (in both pseudo-Elizabethan and modern English) - they transpose music from some very good musicians that is well known and very beautiful.

I also know that the ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΜΟΥΣΙΚΟΦΙΛΩΝ ΚΩΝ/ΠΟΛΕΩΣ site has a lot of music on it (http://www.cmkon.org/).

Any more sites like these online?  (I am particularly interested to see if there are places with assorted music by Stanitsa, Pringos, Theodosopoulos, et. al).
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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2006, 09:49:55 PM »
If you have real player check out :
http://www.ieropsaltis.com/psaltis.htm

This may not be what you are looking for but you could try here:
http://chant.theologian.org/

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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2006, 12:22:42 AM »
Other sites you might try, though I can't guarantee that they'll have the specifically Byzantine music you're looking for:

Orthodox PSALM (Pan-Orthodox Society for the Advancement of Liturgical Music):  http://www.orthodoxpsalm.org

PODOBEN (an excellent site to link you to a plethora of other Orthodox liturgical music web sites):
http://stephenhowanetz.tripod.com/links.htm

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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2006, 12:57:32 AM »
the chant.theologian site I've come across before, and it has some good links for those who are starting off in Byzantine music.  That ieropsaltis site looks fantastic!

As for the orthodoxpsalm site, I'm happy to see that there are groups coming up from the "grass roots" to promote the study and development of Orthodox psalmody.
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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2006, 01:19:28 AM »
Cleveland, thank you for starting this thread.  Like you, I am also actively committed to keeping current with the latest in Orthodox liturgical music, although the tradition I know best is Slavic rather than Byzantine.

To the rest of you who visit this thread, I would also like to receive links to more Orthodox liturgical music web sites.  Byzantine for Cleveland and Slavic for PeterTheAleut... (although I can imagine that our interests do cross over to some extent)
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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006, 02:33:46 AM »
I think this could be a useful thread to compile links for both music clips and sheet music (the latter of which I am more interested in).
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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006, 04:28:43 AM »
I do have a few more links for those interested in learning/chanting.

http://chant.hchc.edu - a nice site to get some overviews and some snazzy tie-ins; however, the cantors who have provided their voices for the recordings that accompany the sheet music did not follow the music, and thus the sound will often deviate from the sheet music.

http://sgpm.goarch.org - a gateway into the St. Gregory Palamas site.  No audio files, but the site includes a) sheet music for common hymns and such, and b) bilingual texts for Sunday matins throughout the year, according to the Typikon of the Great Church.  THe texts of the hymns are bilingual Greek/English or English only, and the texts of the beginning of matins (until the end of the Great Litany) are available bilingual Greek/English or Greek/Spanish (or maybe it's English/Spanish - I don't remember).

http://www.ec-patr.net/ - the music section of the EP's site.  Mostly audio, if I remember correctly, of the various Protopsaltis' (1st cantor, who leads the right choir) of the throne, and the various Lambadarios' (2nd-Cantor, who leads the left choir).
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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2006, 06:12:51 PM »
This Greek site:
http://www.cmkon.org
On the same site they have the sheet music:
http://www.cmkon.org/Keimena.htm
And music samples:
http://www.cmkon.org/SoundClips.htm
And don't forget to check out their links:
http://www.cmkon.org/links.htm

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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2006, 02:38:42 AM »
Quite a few useful sites, including some audio clips of Romanian chant were linked to in my thread on Byzantine Notation, which you can find here:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8444.0

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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2006, 09:36:54 PM »
I just found this site:
http://geocities.com/takistan/

It has lots of pdf files of hymns, and chants, using western notation.

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Re: Finding Byzantine Music online
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2006, 12:32:23 AM »
Oh boy - I discovered these today with the help of someone unexpected today... real gems, with music clips (not much sheet music) from some of the major cantors of Greece and the Patriarchate.

The most complete site I've found so far...
http://analogion.com/

Started by an HC grad who is really into the chanting thing... when he's done with it, it will probably be one of the most complete sites online (his personal collection from the major cantors is impressive - all of the clips gotten from former students who recorded them or got them from the cantors themselves).
http://archondes.com/
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