Course Information

Mathimata, Kratimata and Deinai (MUSB 7831)

Term: Academic Year 2015-2016 Spring


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Office hours:
  • Tuesday 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Friday 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM


    Wed, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (1/25/2016 - 5/20/2016) Location: MAIN MALIO D


    This course is a study of technically demanding psaltic works from the 13th to the 21st centuries. The repertoire includes historic compositions, such as Pseudo-Damascus’ cherubic hymn and Manuel Chrysaphes’ Lament for the Fall of Constantinople, as well as mathimata, kratimata, doxologies, kalophonic heirmoi, 20th-century adaptations of kratimata in triple meter, and methods of learning the “deinai theseis” (complicated melodic formulae) in the melismatic genres of the Psaltic Art. Prerequisities: Byzantine Music I-VIII