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The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.
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The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

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English


Episodes

Composer Spotlight: Father Seraphim Dedes, Pt 1

4/19/2019
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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett speak with Fr. Seraphim Dedes, a translator of liturgical texts and a composer of English-language Byzantine music. He is also an innovator who has used technology to make liturgical materials accessible to everybody with a phone, and his works are used throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and beyond. In part 1 of Amy and Richard's conversation with Fr. Seraphim, he tells a story that takes him from his beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to Boston, Mount Athos, and...

Duration:00:21:24

Episode 17: Composer Spotlight: John Michael Boyer, Part 2

4/5/2019
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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett continue their conversation with John Michael Boyer,the Associate Musical Director of Cappella Romana, co-founder (with Fr. Dn. John El Massih) of PRÓTO, and the Protopsaltis of the GO Metropolis of San Francisco. In the second part of our discussion John tells us about some of the exciting projects he has been working on more recently, including his textbook, his most recent recording for Christmas, and he’ll tell us the name he is using for his English language...

Duration:00:34:50

Composer Spotlight: John Michael Boyer, Part 1

3/22/2019
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Amy and Richard talk to John Michael Boyer, the Associate Musical Director of Cappella Romana, and co-founder (with Fr. Dn. John El Massih) of PRÓTO. John is a cantor, composer, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. In the part 1/2 of our conversation, John talks about his musical background, his introduction to chant, and his involvement in projects like the Cappella Romana Divine Liturgy in English recording, among many others. You can find the Cappella Romana Divine Liturgy CD here:...

Duration:00:26:46

An Introduction to Vespers

3/8/2019
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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett offer an introduction to the service of Vespers, discussing its structure, its moving parts, and why it's important to know these things as a cantor. Show Notes Antiochian Liturgical Guides: www.antiochian.org/liturgicday AGES: www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/test/dcs/dcs.html Bishop Basil’s Typikon Charts and Explanations: www.dowama.org/node/31 Services without a priest: www.dowama.org/content/services-without-priest Bilingual Violakis Typikon:...

Duration:00:27:06

Composer Spotlight: Nicholas Roumas

2/22/2019
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Greek-American Nicholas Roumas has the distinction of being the composer of the very first library-quality book of English-language Byzantine chant -- The Musical Ark, published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Amy and Richard talk to Nicholas about the story behind the book, and how he learned to sing and compose Byzantine music at a time when there were few resources for learning how to do so. Nick's book of compositions can be found here:...

Duration:00:41:05

Composer Spotlight: Samuel Herron, Part 2

2/8/2019
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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett continue their conversation with cantor and composer Samuel Herron, who talks more about his experiences chanting throughout the United States in cities like Nashville, Chattanooga, Boston, and Phoenix. He also tells us about his choir, the Dynamis Ensemble, and previews their new all-English recording of Byzantine chant for St. George.

Duration:00:39:52

Composer Spotlight: Samuel Herron, Part 1

2/1/2019
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Samuel Herron, protopsaltis of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, AZ and founder and director of the Dynamis Byzantine Ensemble, is one of the new generation of cantors and composers whose work is part of the flourishing of English-language Byzantine music. In this first of a two-part interview, Amy and Richard talk to Sam about his initial exposure to Byzantine music, his experiences studying in Greece, and how he put his experience and education to use once he returned to the...

Duration:00:40:50

Episode 10: Parallage: What, Why, & How Much

1/18/2019
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Solfege is a familiar concept to many of us thanks to the famous song “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music; it’s the practice of “sounding out” a melody by singing pitch names, and it’s one of the oldest and most important musical teaching techniques we have. Byzantine chant has its own version of solfege: paralaggi. Amy and Richard talk about what paralaggi is, how it helps you to learn Byzantine music, and why it’s important for the beginner as well as the experienced cantor to do “paralaggi...

Duration:00:26:53

Psaltic Echoes in the New World, an interview with Alexander Khalil, Part 2

1/4/2019
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Alexander Khalil is a musician-scholar in whom many worlds come together -- among many other things, he is an ethnomusicologist, neuroscientist, cantor, and multi-talented performer and researcher of musics from China, Japan, and Indonesia. Dr. Khalil's PhD dissertation, "Echoes of Constantinople: Oral and Written Tradition of the Psaltes of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" is one of the foundational works of English-language scholarship for understanding the chant practices of...

Duration:00:32:43

Psaltic Echoes in the New World, an interview with Alexander Khalil, Part 1

12/28/2018
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Alexander Khalil is a musician-scholar in whom many worlds come together -- among many other things, he is an ethnomusicologist, neuroscientist, cantor, and multi-talented performer and researcher of musics from China, Japan, and Indonesia. Dr. Khalil's PhD dissertation, "Echoes of Constantinople: Oral and Written Tradition of the Psaltes of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" is one of the foundational works of English-language scholarship for understanding the chant practices of...

Duration:00:28:52

ISOCM 2018 & DMOPC Conferences

12/14/2018
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In June, Richard and Amy traveled in opposite directions, with Amy heading to Minneapolis for the International Society of Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) Conference and Richard heading to Crete for the International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care. Amy recounts the presence of Byzantine chant at ISOCM, including an English-language concert by the Byzantine choir YPHOS, and Richard discusses the very different landscapes Greece and the United States represent in terms of...

Duration:00:26:32

How Automela Make a Chanter’s Life Easier

11/30/2018
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Automela, or model melodies, have historically been an important part of Byzantine chant. Their use in English is becoming more prevalent as we have more and more metered text. Richard and Amy explain how model melodies make chanting services easier as well as discuss the complications that arise due to the circulation of multiple English translations.

Duration:00:23:09

Composer Spotlight: Papa Ephraim, Part 2

11/16/2018
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Papa Ephraim continues his story, telling us how his composition process changed when he began composing hymns for Vespers and how he began codifying the melodies Byzantine chant into a systematic book of formulae in order to aid his work. He also shares how he was able to convert his font for Byzantine notation into Braille.

Duration:00:24:36

Composer Spotlight: Papa Ephraim, Part 1

11/9/2018
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Papa Ephraim has composed a huge body of hymns for Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy and made them freely available online through St. Anthony’s Monastery. Join Amy and Richard as Papa Ephraim tells us about his journey into Orthodoxy, his time on Mt. Athos where he became a monk, and his time back in America where he started to compose.

Duration:00:22:34

Byzantine Chant: Recent Developments

10/26/2018
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Beginning in the early 2000s, a shift in Byzantine chant in English began to be noticeable. Join Amy and Richard as they describe the change in the composition process that spurred lots of new composition projects and lots of new recordings.

Duration:00:27:55

The Development of Byzantine Chant in English, Part 1

10/12/2018
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Richard and Amy discuss early Byzantine chant projects in English beginning in the 70’s with Basil Kazan’s Divine Music Project, moving into the 80’s with Vassilis Hadjinicolaou’s CDs, the 90’s with the formation of the Boston Byzantine Choir and Eikona, and ending in the early 2000’s with Fr. Apostolos Hill’s CDs.

Duration:00:21:18

Byzantine Chant: Music Basics

9/28/2018
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Richard and Amy discuss the modal system, the way that the liturgical function of hymns contributes to their melodic makeup, the notation system used in Byzantine chant, as well as oral tradition and vocal style.

Duration:00:22:19

Introduction

9/14/2018
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Richard Barrett and Amy Hogg introduce themselves and describe what this podcast will entail.

Duration:00:19:15