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Assumption Cathedral Byzantine Chant Class – May 13, 2010

Here is the recording of the class taught by Michael Stefanoudakis on May 13, 2010. Please note this is an unedited recording.


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Ti Ipermaho / Τῆ Ὺπερμάχῳ


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Here is a PDF of the handout from class: Ti-Ipermaho.pdf
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Assumption Cathedral Byzantine Chant Class – Mar 4, 2010

Here is the recording of the class taught by Michael Stefanoudakis on Mar 4, 2010. Please note this is an unedited recording.


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Assumption Cathedral Byzantine Chant Class – Feb 25, 2010

Here is the recording of the class taught by Michael Stefanoudakis on Feb 25, 2010. Please note this is an unedited recording.


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Part of a Concert by Καβαρνός Νικόδημος

This video of Καβαρνός Νικόδημος singing the Trisagion after the Dynamis (’sing with greater strength!’) has the Byzantine notation and the words scrolling at the bottom as he chants.

Assumption Cathedral Byzantine Chant Class – Feb 11, 2010

Here are the recordings of the class taught by Michael Stefanoudakis on Feb 11, 2010. Please note these are unedited recordings.

The materials and exercises referenced in this recording are from Great Compline. The service book and English translation we are using is by Fr. Seraphim Dedes of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, if I recall correctly.

Part 1

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0:00 – Discussion on prosomia / prologos, how to know how to sing a given hymn.
2:17 – pg 8 – discussion of Tone pl. 2 for “God Is With Us” / “Μεθ ημών ο Θεός”
3:37 – Apichima (απήχημα) for Tone pl. 2
4:00 – Example singing of “God Is With Us” / “Μεθ ημών ο Θεός”
6:15 – Tone pl. 2 scale in depth, including microtonal information and tetrachords.
[[in progress...JohnH]]

Part 2

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[I've added timing references and annotation for Part 2-- JohnH]
1:00 – pg 21, the Compunctionate Troparia
1:34 – pg 26, “Lord of the Powers be with us” / “Κύριε τῶν Δυνάμεων”
4:48 – sung in Greek
5:14 – continued, sung in English
5:49 – more about Great Compline and what a chanter needs to know to participate
9:40 – pg 35, Troparion for Mon-Wed-Fri, based on prosomia “Ὅτε ἐκ τοῦ ξύλου Σε νεκρόν” (which is sung Holy Friday afternoon at the taking down of Christ form the Cross)
11:00 – pg 35 Troparion for Tue-Thu, sung in full here (in Greek), based on prosomia “Πανεύφημοι Μάρτυρες”
14:05 – About Prosomia (model hymns) and Idiomela (hymns chanted to their own particular melody and meter)
18:00 – “Lord have Mercy” sung from a page (I believe from St. Anthony’s Monastery ‘The Divine Music Project’) brought in by MichaelC for our teacher MichaelS to sing and explain.

Assumption Cathedral Byzantine Chant Class – Feb 4, 2010

Here are the recordings of the class taught by Michael Stefanoudakis on Feb 4, 2010. Please note these are unedited recordings.

The materials and exercises referenced in these recordings are from “Byzantine Music Simplified” by Rev. Professor Nicholas M. Kastanas, Professor of Byzantine Musicology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Part 1

Or download the mp3 for part 1 for this class, if you’d like to use it with an mp3 player.

Part 2

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Byzantine Notation with English from Fr. Seraphim Dedes

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has many MP3 packs for purchase of various services, available on the “Orthodox Marketplace” website that GOArch runs. Here is a link to the available Byzantine Chant mp3 packs.

They also have available English metered translations in Byzantine Chant notation from Fr. Seraphim Dedes. Watch the links, some are Western notation! Of particular interest, perhaps, is the Holy Week bundle, which is $25.

Lord of the Powers be with us / Κύριε τῶν Δυνάμεων

Another great video of chanting from Great Compline, “Lord of the Powers be with us” / “Κύριε τῶν Δυνάμεων”. We also practiced this in class before Great Lent began on the Feb 11 class, part 2.

God Is With Us / Μεθ ημών ο Θεός

During the Great Compline we sing “God is With Us” — “Μεθ ημών ο Θεός”
Here is a beautiful video of Kabarnos Nikodimos ( Καβαρνός Νικόδημος ) singing this hymn, which we practiced in our class a little before Great Lent began in the Feb 11 class, Part 1. The words of the hymn come from an ode of Isaiah, found in chapter 9.

TONE PLAGAL II

God is with us, know it you nations and be submissive,
For God is with us.
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