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Дякон д-р Иван Стоянов Иванов: „Между ангелите и човеците“
Deacon Ivan Stoyanov Ivanov: Between Angels and Men

Author(s): Svetlana Kujumdžieva
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This book addresses one of the most significant spiritual movements that spread during the 13th-15th centuries within the Orthodox world – hesychasm. The hesychasts believed that God could be reached through pure devotion. They paid special attention to the word in music. The “divine beauty” of the latter became a means of expression to reach God. The book aims to reveal the intrinsic meaning of this music. It is an attempt at cross-cultural study of many primary sources, musical and hymnographical, employing the achievements of the modern musicology and theology. The main principles used are those of musical exegetics and theological interpretation. The rich source material is interpreted in the context of Orthodox belief and the teaching of the Holy Fathers such as St. Makarios of Egypt, St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostomos, St. Gregory of Palama, St. Symeon the New Theologian, and others. The author searches for the truth of the Orthodox faith that is encoded in musical sources. The deepness of the meaning of musical phenomena has been revealed on the basis of the theological cognitive foundation, the foundation of belief.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 141-146
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian