"Romanian Religious Chant Today. Tradition, Loans or Imitations”
"Romanian Religious Chant Today. Tradition, Loans or Imitations”

Author(s): Alexandrel Barnea
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: music; chant; psalmody; byzantine tradition

Summary/Abstract: Religious chant in nowadays Romania is of byzantine tradition. Along the years there have been many disputes regarding the way we managed to keep the original manner of chanting undamaged by different influences. It is our conclusion today that most of those who stated their attempt to bring back the original manner of interpretation, in fact grow apart from it. We rarely hear someone performing a truthful, clear and sincere byzantine chant. In fact, most of those who try to revive the byzantine manner of interpretation have done nothing else but to adopt a Greek method of chanting which is not traditional for the Romanian Orthodox Church. This, we consider to be a mistake, which threatens to destroy the beauty of the traditional chants.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 49-59
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English