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Some of the material on this page is in the form of pointed text, which consists of words only, without written notes. It can easily be read if the tones and the pointing system are known. A syllable in bold type carries a musical stress. A syllable in italics has a flex, a change in the melody preceding or following a stress. Slashes separate each musical phrase, but a slash with an underscore on either side ( _/_ ) indicates that no breath should be taken between the two phrases. Two slashes precede the final phrase. Underscores are also used to indicate multiple notes assigned to a single syllable. When more than one is used, they are separated by periods ( _._._ ). Most of the music on the Vespers page (and the Praises on the Matins page) has notes and is also pointed. Part VI of the Introduction is also very helpful regarding both pointed text and the tones.

 

The Lenten Triodion

By the Waters of Babylon
Novgorod Melody, as in the Sputnik Psalomshchika

Open unto Me the Doors of Repentance   Video
Boris M. Ledkovsky (adapted for English by Archpriest George Johnson)
*melody in Alto

Now the Powers of Heaven
Kievan Chant, 6th Tone
arranged by Archpriest George Johnson
– For a full choir, Sopranos sing V1, Altos sing V2, which is the melody, and Tenors sing V3.

3rd Sunday of Lent

Katavasia
from a Moscow Obikhod

5th Sunday of Lent

“Lord, I Have Cried” Stichera from the Triodion
6th Tone, to the special melody “Having set all your hope”

Palm Sunday

Irmoi
Greek Chant

Bridegroom Matins

Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh
temporary handwritten copy

Exapostilarion
Kiev melody, arranged by Archpriest George Johnson

Holy Saturday

Lamentations
Archpriest George Johnson

Irmoi
Pointed Text
– The following file can be used for reference, if necessary. It is the same as the 9th Ode irmos except that the phrases are divided differently.

Instead of “It is Truly Meet”
Abbreviated Znamenny Chant

Pascha

Exapostilarion
Greek Chant, 3rd Tone
harmony after E. Smirnov

Paschal Stichera
Znamenny Chant, arranged by Bakhmetev
*melody in Alto

Instead of “It is Truly Meet”
Abbreviated Greek Chant
*melody in Alto

The Pentecostarion

Ascension

First Antiphon
Znamenny Chant, arranged by Archpriest George Johnson
*melody in Alto

Second Antiphon
Znamenny Chant, arranged by Archpriest George Johnson
*melody in Alto

Instead of “It is Truly Meet”
Znamenny Chant, arranged by Archpriest George Johnson
*melody in Alto

Pentecost

Instead of “It is Truly Meet”
Abbreviated Greek Chant, 4th Tone
arranged by Archpriest George Johnson
*melody in Alto
– a split in the tenor part offers a low option for choirs without any true tenors, but if resources allow for only one tenor part, the higher one should be sung when feasible

 
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