Shaping the Byzantine Chanting Tradition of Thessaloniki: The Constantinopolitans’ Impact in the First Half of the 20th century

Panagiotis Chovardas
This paper attempts to highlight the significant role of Constantinopolitan chanters in the development of the Greek Orthodox church music of Thessaloniki. Due to historical circumstances, a large number of chanters from Constantinople arrived successively in the region of Thessaloniki during the first half of the 20th century. Their higher music education and undisputed chanting experience made them rapidly notorious. They were very much appreciated by church commissioners, who often hired them for church services....
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