With the successful completion of this course, students
1. know the neumes of the Psaltic notation
2. read as solmisation (parallage) and as music-poetical text (melos) pieces belonging to the brief and semi-slow gender of composition
3. are acquainted to the basic theory of the eight mode system
4. they will also have seen and sing non-ecclesiastical compositions which are written down with the Psaltic musical notation.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Ιn this course the students are introduced to the notation and basic theoretical and practical elements of the so-called New Method of the Three Teachers (in use since 1814 up to nowadays). Through various exercises of parallage (solmisation) and melos (singing with poetical text), the students explore the world of the Byzantine oktaechia (system of eight modes) and the wealth of rhythmic figures of Byzantine chant and of some non-ecclesiastical compositions, progressing from more simple to more complex pieces belonging to the brief and semi-slow gender of compositions.
Byzantine musical notation, theory of Byzantine chant, eight mode system, parallagi, melos, secular compositions
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εμμανουήλ Γιαννόπουλου, Η Ψαλτική Τέχνη. Λόγος και μέλος στη λατρεία της Ορθόδοξης εκκλησίας. Β', Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 (εκδ. Κυριακίδη)ή Κωνσταντίνου Παπαγιάννη, Μουσικόν Τριώδιον, τόμ. Β, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003.