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Hungarian Music
Hungarian Music

Author(s): Zoltán Falvy, Béla Szilárd Javorszky
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Napkút Kiadó Kft.
Summary/Abstract: Other than brief observations that appeared in a few chronicles, such as those concerning the siege of Kiev when Nestor wrote that the Hungarians conquered the city with song, or Ekkehard’s report from the age of raids (the 9th and 10th centuries) that the horns of war called the Hungarians to battle from St. Gallen, there is no credible information on our ancient musical world. Th e Hungarian tribes that approached the Carpathian Mountains, together with the Kabars, encountered the customs and rites of the Eastern Church through their contacts with Byzantium. Vocal and notated codices of the Byzantine liturgy in the centuries when the Hungarian state was established, however, have not survived. Th e fi rst Christian king of Hungary, Saint Stephen, turning to Catholicism, furnished books containing liturgical customs, including codices with musical notation to every ecclesiastical centre, including the Mount Márton Benedictine monastery of Pannonhalma. The Hungarian centres quickly learned the Gregorian chants that accompanied the Western rites.

  • Page Range: 219-244
  • Page Count: 26
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English