The ‘Elements of the Papadikê’ and Modality Features in Byzantine Chant

Maria Alexandru & Christian Troelsgård
The preparation of a critical edition of the elementary musical educational material (‘Protheoria’) of the Akolouthiai-manuscripts (‘Papadikai’) for the Corpus Scriptorum de Re Musica of the Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae has brought to light information relevant to the notion of mode and modality; more specifically, it offers valuable insights on the Byzantine and post-Byzantine system of eight modes (oktôêchos-oktaêhia). This paper presents the theoretical elements, lists of intonation formulas, diagrams and didactic poems concerning modality, which...
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