Despite the meter it is possible to arrange a complex poem like the prooimion of a Christmas kontakion composed by Romanos the Melodist which has its own history as a kontakion with its music and text, [2] according to the simple melodic model of a sticheron in echos tritos of the Octoechos. In the current tradition the kontakion exists as well as avtomelon—as a model to recite stichera prosomoia which was as well translated into Old Church Slavonic. The arrangement of the syllables with their metric accentuation are composed as a well-known hymn tune or sticheron avtomelon within the melos of a certain echos. These melodic stichera are called automela , because they can easily adapted to other texts, even if the number of syllables of verse varies—the so-called "prosomoia.

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For those notes as well as for all other scales, a non-fretted, stringed instrument would be necessary. Of course, as Byzantine music can have any note as the starting base note, all other notes on scale will need to be transposed accordingly.

At this stage, the student will need to practice chanting up and down the scale. It is important that over the next few lessons the student can do this comfortably, whilst remembering the notes and the correct way to chant each in line with the next notes above and below it.

Each Character as seen in the image below is named; students will need to learn these by heart over the following lessons. The first lesson will consist of learning three of the above characters. The Ison, Oligon and Apostrofos. Introduction of the Hyphen The Hyphen is used to join two or more notes together.

It simply continues the same note and syllable from the previous note, generally at the same pitch. There also are two other types: Qualitative Characters, which indicate how each note can be chanted and Durational Characters, which indicate the length of time each note should be chanted.


Byzantine Music Books



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