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Past Issues of the Journal of the ISOCM

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Spectral Examination of Byzantine Chant Archetype
by Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea and Joel Crotty

Abstract: In this article, a particular hypostasis of Byzantine chant was chosen to be spectrally examined, from the multitude of possible variants: a melodic structure accompanied by a simple bass drone called Ison, placed bellow the melody and sung by male choir. This model is referred to in this paper as Byzantine chant archetype and is further approached from the spectral listening perspective.

From Out of the Drawer: Nikolai Korndorf’s Setting of the Divine Liturgy
by Gregory Myers

Abstract: The centerpiece of this study is a remarkable exemplar of sacred music composition literally extracted from the drawer: a complete setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy by the late-twentieth-century Russian-Canadian composer, Nikolai Sergeevich Korndorf, dated 1978.

Four Typological Images of Mary in the Hymnography for the Feast of the Entrance
by Jaakko Olkinuora

Abstract: Hymnographical texts often include references to biblical persons, places and events — references that are sometimes rather vague, at other times very clear. In the case of the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the temple, the Εἰσόδια, these references are numerous since Mary is often seen as the fulfillment of the ancient prophesies presented in the Old Testament. This article consists of two parts: a more general overview of typology as an exegetical method applied in hymnography, and a more detailed description of some of the typological images of Mary in the hymns of the feast of the Entrance.

The Post-Byzantine Psaltic origin of the recent Serbian church chant
by Vesna Sara Peno

Abstract: During the difficult years in an enslaved Serbia under Turkish rule, there were no favourable circumstances for the development of the psaltic art, and neither can one talk about any centre of psaltic art, something that might have been for the Serbs what the Great Church of Constantinople was for the Greeks.


“Sound and Ethos‚” by Kristine Yapova
Review by Ivan Moody

“Byzantine Chant between Constantinople and the Danubian Principalities,” by Nicolae Gheorghiţă
Review by John Plemmenos




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