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Maria Alexandru: Byzantine and post-Byzantine melodists, hymnographers and composers: A panoramic view




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Byzantine music, deeply ingrained in European and Near-East cultures, presents a plethora of remarkable personalities and a wealth of genres and categories in the realm of hymnography, chant and secular music. This lecture aims at giving an overview of coryphées in the field, along with musical examples, to which the audience is invited to join in. We will also try to approach some examples paleographically and analytically, in order to go on with a discussion concerning transcription, historically informed performance practice, meta-aesthetics of Byzantine chant and didactical approaches.

Maria Alexandru, native in Romania, with studies in Bucharest, Bonn, Copenhagen (PhD, 2000), and Greece, is an associate professor for Byzantine music at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her work comprises 4 books, more than 50 articles and different recordings, translations into Romanian and editorial work on Conference Proceedings, books and the on-line journal Series Musicologica Balcanica. She conducts different ensembles (Study Group for Palaeography of Byzantine Music Chrysorrhemon, Psaltira, both of the School of Music Studies of the aforementioned university, and the female Byzantine Choir “St Anysia” of the Greek Society for Music Education). She is chair of the IMS-Study Group for Music of the Christian East and Orient, and got different distinctions. Cf. and

St Kosmas the Melodist (ca. 675-ca.752)

St Kosmas the Melodist (ca. 675-ca.752), attributed to Manuel Panselinos, Protaton, Holy Mountain Athos, Greece, 14th cent.

(Source: Μανουήλ Πανσέληνος. Εκ του Ιερού Ναού του Πρωτάτου,

Εxhibition Catalogue, eds. Eftimios Tsigaridas et al. ,Thessaloniki: Agioritiki Estia, 2013, plate 130)

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5.30pm - 7.30pmWednesday 14th October 2020

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