- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Aarhus University Press (19 Mar. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8772887338
- ISBN-13: 978-8772887333
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Byzantine Chant: Tradition and Reform - Acts of a Meeting Held at the Danish Institute at Athens, 1993 (Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens) Paperback – 19 Mar 1997
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About the Author
Christian Troelsgardis associate professor of Greek and Latin philology at the University of Copenhagen.
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Western musicologists from the 1920s through at least the 1970s assumed that the early-1800s reform of Byzantine chant notation reflected a revolutionary change in the musical content of Byzantine chant: they wrote and taught that the music chanted in today's Greek Orthodox churches is fundamentally different from the music chanted in the Orthodox churches of the "Byzantine" Empire.
This view was vigorously resisted by most people with personal experience with today's Greek Orthodoxy, but few of those Western musicologists had such experience with Greek Orthodoxy. In the 1960s and 1970s, some Greek Orthodox scholars began to emerge with the Western academic credentials needed to get a hearing in those forums, and they began to publish papers in Western journals presenting the other point of view: that most differences between today's Greek Orthodox chant and that of earlier centuries are evolutionary, not revolutionary.
In this collection of papers presented in Athens in 1993, some two decades later, we see papers from many of today's leading spokesmen for the continuity of Greek Orthodoxy's musical heritage: George Th. Stathis, Ioannis Arvanitis, Lycourgous Ant. Angelopoulis, Jorgen Raasted, and Christian Toelsgard are among the thirteen authors represented here.
This volume offers a fascinating look at some of the recent scholarship in this field.