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Schedule for Prague Conference Finalized

The schedule for the ISOCM's Ars Nova East and West conference which will be held in Prague, 14 – 16 October 2016 has been announced and is now available.

All events of the conference will take place at the Charles University in Prague.

Friday, 14th October 10:00 Opening ceremony

Opening addresses Very Rev. Dr Ivan Moody, Chairman of ISOCM prof. PaedDr. Michal Nedělka, Dr, Dean

Doc. Jana Palkovská, Head of Department – Music Education Department

His Eminence, Archbishop Michal of Prague

11:00. First Session Gregorios Anastasiou & Polykarpos Polykarpides A short study on the compositions of the ‘mathema’ Anothen oi prophetai, from the “golden age” of kalophonia (14th -15th centuries) as food for thought on the concepts of eponymity, tradition and innovation in Byzantine Music

Athanasios Delios Χριστοῦ τὸν ἱεράρχην: the course of the sticheron from the old (non kalophonic) to the kalophonic melos


13:00 Second Session Study Group for Byzantine Musical Palaeography from the School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 'Traditional innovation’ in Byzantine Chant: the case of kalophonia

Dimitris Balageorgos The Cretan psaltic tradition of 16th - 17th century: a radical and prototype melopoiea of the Great Doxology

Mena Mark Hanna Coptic Chant: Questions of Consistency and Constancy in an Oral Tradition


15:30 Third session

Jopi Harri How were stichera sung in Valaam?

Victoria Legkikh Services to St Daniel of Moscow: Tradition and a new way of creation

Mária Prokipčáková Irmologia - an innovative means of the transmission of liturgical music in the Carpathian area

Ionuț Gabriel Nastasă Tradition and innovation in Romanian Orthodox chant - "Our Father"

19:30 Concert Ars Nova East and West A dialogue between works by the main representative composers of Ars Nova in the East and West – Guillaume de Machaut, St John Koukouzelis and others.

Ensemble Polyfonion, artistic director Igor Angelov Philokallia ensemble (female voices), artistic director Marios Christou Soloist: Protopsaltis Grigoris Anastasiou

The concert will also present premieres of works by contemporary composers Alkis Baltas and Ivan Moody

Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2

Saturday, 15th October 9:30 Fourth Session

Marina Luptáková Tradition and Traditions in Iconography

Christopher Ashbaugh Joy, Catharsis, and (Eu)Catastrophe

Sara Peno and Zdravko Peno Church Music between Tradition and Innovation: A Study in Canon and Creativity

Marios Christou A Newly discovered manuscript of Bohuslav Martinů on the Byzantine Octoechos


13:00 Fifth Session

Vasileios Salteris Innovation within the Sticherarion during the post-Byzantine era: The contribution of George Prasinos

Flora Kritikou The compositions entitled “dysikon” (Western) and “fragikon” (Frankish): a working hypothesis on potential convergence points of two different traditions

Michael Stroumpakis The Heirmos of the Ninth Ode instead of Axion estin: A new (?) kind of composition during the 19th century.

Thomas Apostolopoulos The theory of musical intervals in the era of the Byzantine maistores


15:30 Sixth session

Ivan Moody New art and renewed art

Alexandre Damnianovitch The composition Nativity by Alexandre Damnianovicvh

Bogdan Djaković The cotrelation of Western and Eastern elements in Serbian Church Choral Music of the first half of the 20th century

Predrag Djoković Hints of the instrumental music in some sticheras of Serbian Church Chant

Sunday, 16th October

9:30 Divine Liturgy

11:30 Reception

13:00 seventh Session

Khatuna Managadze St Andrew of Crete’s Canon of Repentance and Georgian mediaeval aesthetics and philosophy

Tamar Ckheidze Florid chanting in Georgian liturgical tradition and some parallels with Byzantine Kalophonic style

Eka Chabashvili Different aspects of chants by contemporary Georgian composers as revealed through variations in performance

Maka Virsaladze Nodar Mamisashvili's Passion as an example of mixing old and new elements in 20th-Century Georgian sacred music


15:30 Eighth session

Sevi Mazera Φως ιλαρόν: an early Christian hymn of the 4th century A.D. Various compositions to the text through the history of ecclesiastical chant and the new composition by Prof. Gregorios Stathis.

Irina Gerasimova Transmission and adaptation of the Greek Cherubic Hymn in the ecclesiastical chanting practice of the Kievan Metropolia and the Moscow Patriarchate at the end of the 17th – beginning of the 18th centuries

Eugene Kindler Chant of chords, organized as homophony

Haig Utidjian Two documentary witnesses to interactions between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox Sacred Musical traditions: an Armenian contrafactum, and a through-composed Paschal Introit



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