After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Sunday after Transfiguration – Psaltic Arts Group

John-Peter Presson

Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

From this morning's Liturgy.  The Schola chanting the Apolytikia/Kontakia, Trisagion, and Epistle/Gospel Propers (we had a late showing, so the recorder didn't go on until then). As usual Subdcn James Kalbasky is our Epistoler and Fr. Photios Cooper the Gospeller and Homilist (but I shut the recorder off for the homily this time).  I also included the Plagal 4th Mode Cherubic Hymn of Theodore Papaparaskou of Phokaeus that we chanted today, as well as a Kratima from one of his books.  

There apparently has been something of a controversy brewing in Byzantine musicology circles as to whether or not Phokaeus actually composed those melodies or simply compiled them from other sources for his books.  His famous Anoixantaria chanted often in monasteries @ Vespers and found in many chant anthologies is noted by Georgios Papadopoulos was supposedly composed in actuality by a one Antonios Sigalas in 1830 at the commission of the Vatopedi Monastery, and included on Phokaeus' books adventitiously.  Whatever his actual role, he certainly was a prolific disseminator of the psaltic art during the publication explosion after the 3 Teachers and the 1881 (?) Patriarchal commission that ratified their work.

A good week to all.

John Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna and Portland
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

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