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Greek liturgical music : manuscript, ca. 1820.
Greek, Modern (1453- )
1 v. (143 ff.) ; 16 x 12 cm.
Orthodox Eastern Church
Sacred vocal music
Grēgorios, ho Prōtopsaltēs, 1777-1821
Iakōvos, Prōtopsaltēs, -1800
Petros, ho Peloponnēsios, approximately 1730-approximately 1778
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Greek liturgical manuscript. A collection of elaborate chants notated according to the method introduced in 1821 by Chrysanthos of Madytos. The text is neatly written in black, with headings in red--giving composer, mode, and key--and other musical notes in red; a few blank pages have additional chants in another hand. The first portion contains chants for Sundays, the later portion with simpler versions for weekdays. The volume was probably prepared (and possible written) by the cantor of a parish church to give a varied selection of the most important portions of the liturgy. Among the composers named are Grēgorios the Protopsaltēs (1777-1821), Petros Lampadarios (ca. 1730-ca. 1778, also known as Petros Peloponnēsios), and Iakōvos the Prōtopsaltēs. The manuscript may be dated ca. 1820, for the Great Doxology, with which the work opens, is described as "newly composed by Grēgorios [the Protopsaltēs]," who died in 1821.
Purchase: Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, 2006. AM 2007-16.