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Doxology Byzantine Chant from vespers to St. Maximos

DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP -From tonight's vespers to St. Maximos

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John-Peter Presson

Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:17 PM
Masters bless, Friends, Byzantines and lovers of Romanity:
This lovely slow Great Doxology has been in service at the Cathedral for roughly a year now. It is a fairly modern composition of "great-grandpa" Simon (Karas). I had not finished the Asmatikon (we just did a slightly slower recapitulation of the first Holy God) until this week. It does pack a range on it (over a full octave) and I have to pitch it fairly low on my voice, about a whole step flat, to hit the top range (fortunately it does not descend below Νη)

Vespers stichera for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son for Lord I have cried. I recorded these stichera from some of my early scores in 2015, and re-mixed, so the bass on the isokratima isn't as overwhelming. The "Woe's" in the Doxasticon were deliberately written and chanted to convey a bit of of the pathos of the ill-fortuned son. My intention was that if these were to be sung in choir, that a lone μονοφοναριος would chant them with the full schola following in the next phrase or two.

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
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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