Ancient Church Singing: Byzantine, Georgian and Russian Chant CD (2012)
Alleluia Work We can talk only approximately about the date and authorship of praise and worship chants represented on the disk. Some Greek and Bulgarian musicologists believe that Eastern Orthodox liturgical music originates from the singing of levites in ancient Israel. Making its way with Christianity and changing in the light of national features, Eastern Orthodox (Byzantine) church choir music has begun church-singing culture of Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Rus.
No doubt, "The First Ode of the Easter Canon" is of the most unique and rare recording represented on this disk. The Church attributes the Easter Canon's authorship to Saint John the Damascene, who lived in the 8th century. He established church "oktoechos" (eight tones) - common base of liturgical music, consisting of eight tonal-melodic systems.
Such names as John Glyka, St John Koukousel, John Klad and others marked the period of "Kalophonia" ("beautiful singing") in the 12-14th centuries. The works of Theodore of Phokea (the 18th century) are the best samples of kalophonia-music.
In Georgian church music there are two styles: Cartalin-Cahetian and Himertin-Gury. In certain theological sense the Orthodox Church has developed three-voice singing. So, due ...