Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Byzantine Music in other languages

Many argue, especially within the Greek Orthodox world, that Byzantine music’s marriage with the ancient Greek language is inseparable, and that it does not sound nice or pleasing if it was to be put together with a future Modern Greek translation (or transliteration). However, we have only to identify if Byzantine music, i.e. the ecclesiastical music of many of the churches within Orthodoxy, works with other languages and to identify whether the spiritual and ecclesiastical attitude is kept. Here we see how well Greek and Arabic chanting blend together!

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