Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Byzantine Chant

Byzantine chant is rather different from Western Gregorian chant. It is very beautiful, but simplicity is not its chief characteristic. Our lead chanter gave me a CD with some wonderful Arabic examples of how to use the 8 tones of Byzantine chant. I understand there is much art involved in its execution, but I'm assured there are technical rules, too. I can't wait to meet them.

Here's a nice example of the beauty of Byzantine chant from

For now I think I'm starting to get a handle on Psalm 140(141) in Tone 8. Maybe. Probably not. We'll see.

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