Byzantine Chant in English
Released January, 1997
Byzantine chant is a vine heavy-laden with
the fruits of illumination, deeply rooted in the traditions of biblical
liturgical worship, and heeds St. Paul's injunction to
"exhort one another with songs, hymns, and spiritual songs" (Eph. 5:19).
This collection of Byzantine hymnography in English may come as a
revelation to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike. To the former, that
the traditional tones and hymns can be rendered in the English language
without a diminution of form and essence, and to the latter that this
tradition of sacred music need not be inaccessible to Western listeners.
This album contains:
(excerpt, 388 kbyte AIFF)
O Lord, I have Cried
Rich Men have Turned Poor
God is The Lord
The Magnificat of the Most Holy Theotokos
Troparion of Saint Thekla
Troparion of the Nativity of Christ
Today the Virgin
Troparion of Theophany
As Many as have been Baptized
Awed by the Beauty
To Thee, the Champion
The Stichera of Pascha
Doxasticon of Pascha
Troparion of Pascha
Kontakion of Pascha
Who Is So Great a God?
(excerpt, 655 kbyte AIFF)
First Sticheron of the American Saints
Troparion of All Saints of America
(excerpt, 267 kbyte WAV)
O Protection of Christians
In Giving Birth
(excerpt, 699 kbyte WAV)
O Virgin Pure
Blessed is the Man
Byzantine chant is music whose context is liturgical celebration.
It is not meant to be "performed", but to be prayed. Nor is it meant
for mere entertainment; it is meant for worship.
The purpose of Orthodox hymnographers is the same as that of Orthodox
theologians: finding words and music "appropriate to God." For the
same dictum rules-- the true theologian (or hymnographer) is
one who prays.
On the basis of nearly two thousand years of history, experience,
and tradition, Byzantine chant continues to illuminate the mysteries
of the Gospel of Christ to multitudes of faithful Christians from
diverse cultures around the world. This is no less true for America
where the Orthodox faith has existed for over two hundred years and
is even now growing at a steady and astonishing rate.
The Boston Byzantine Choir wishes to present these treasures of
Byzantine music to all "who have ears to hear."
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