Saturday, June 07, 2014


“The tradition of Byzantine liturgical music is believed by most historians to be the oldest from of music still practiced to this day, as well as the earliest notated music (ekphonic semiography). Byzantine chant most commonly refers to the music of the Eastern Orthodox Church as first notated in the Roman Empire during the ‘Middle 
Ages. . . .’

“In the context of Eastern Orthodox liturgy, the hymns are now led by a chanter. . . . The title of chanter was only earned after many years of both musical and religious training. . . .

“Chanter P. (mostly likely Petros) Manea made only a few recordings for the Odeon label mostly in the common monophonic tradition with organ accompaniment. This specific hymn ‘IIatepa Yion’ or ‘Father and Son’ recorded in 1930 is a rather uncommon arrange-
ment for a liturgical hymn as it is sung by a mixed choir in polyphony . . . [and] is quite welcoming to the ears, exemplifying the traditional purpose of polyphony as viewed by the early church, to convey emotion.” —Frank Fairfield, excerpted from the notes to Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts (Tompkins Square, 2010).

Chanter P. Manea with Choir • IIatepa Yion • 1930

Coming up next week: Great music from Orkiestra Brati, The Fireballs, Oscar Alemán y su Quinteto de Swing, The Cowboy Church Sunday School (again?!), The Highway Q-C's, Andre Williams Chicago Blues & Rhythm Band, and Bo Diddley! Y’all come back now, hear?

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