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This thread is for those who love Orthodox Church music or are simply interested in finding out more about it. Post your clips!

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Agni Parthene (in three versions)




Agni Parthene (Αγνή Παρθένε) is a liturgical hymn composed by St. Nectarius of Aegina, drawn from the Theotokarion (Book of Hymns to the Mother of God).

For the text: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni_Parthene
 

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Bogoroditse Djevo (three versions)



 

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WOW. This will have wider appeal than the Deutsche Politik thread.
 

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Some of the deepest voices in the world.

Russian Basso Profondo

 

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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 

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Thanks for the clips!

The orthodox church music is unique and very beautiful IMO; even if you are not religious it can be very moving and awe-inspiring especially when for example you are standing in church on Good Friday listening to the hymns. It gives me goose bumps every time.

Here are the 'Egomia', Greek Orthodox chants for Good Friday; they are sung during the procession of Christ's tomb (epitafios) in the streets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfGRZvWaYVc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD659OZtRIs&feature=related



WOW. This will have wider appeal than the Deutsche Politik thread.
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Thanks for the clips!

The orthodox church music is unique and very beautiful IMO; even if you are not religious it can be very moving and awe-inspiring especially when for example you are standing in church on Good Friday listening to the hymns. It gives me goose bumps every time.

Here are the 'Egomia', Greek Orthodox chants for Good Friday; they are sung during the procession of Christ's tomb (epitafios) in the streets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfGRZvWaYVc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD659OZtRIs&feature=related





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These are wondeful clips. I've embedded them below:


 

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Chants from the monastery of Decani in Kosovo:


Nice chant with some clips from the Temple of St. Sava in Belgrade:

 

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"Cherubim" by Tchaikovsky


Romanian Orthodox church call to prayer. Pretty amazing!

 

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Beautiful Armenian church song: Hayrabedagan Maghtank

 

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My contribution for this great thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adXiCF5FkeU

Found it on youtube.:)
I know Armenians are technically monophysite, but they consider themselves Oriental Orthodox and follow a rite similar to the Eastern Orthodox. Also, they lived in and were an essential part of the Byzantine empire - they really are part of the same post-Byzantine culture that Greece, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, and Bulgaria belong to. In fact, very many of the Byzantine emperors and military leaders were ethnic Armenians. Here's a list:

Dynasty of Heraclius (610-711)
Heraclius 610-641
Constantine III 641
Heraclonas 641
Constans II 641-668
Constantine IV 668-685
Justinian II 685-695 and 705-711


Armenian Emperors not part of any dynasty
Philippicus Bardanes 711-713
Leo V the Armenian 813-820


Macedonian Dynasty (867-1056)
Basil I 867-886
Leo VI 886-912
Alexander 912-913
Constantine VII 913-959
Romanus I Lecapenus 920-944
Romanus II 959-963
John I Tzimisces 969-976
Basil II 976-1025
Constantine VIII 1025-1028
Zoe 1042
Theodora 1042 and 1055-1056

For convenience, I've embedded the video below:


As for Greek, it is a truly beautiful language and probably modern Greek wouldn't be as difficult for a Serbian speaker to learn as for an English speaker (multiple cases, Cyrillic alphabet derived from Greek, etc.). I spent a year trying to learn ancient Greek and I can tell you that it is VERY difficult and a great challenge. I would love to learn it some day to be able to read the Greek philosophers, dramatists, and the Bible in the original tongues, but it will certainly take years of self-teaching to get there. Btw, if you are interested in learning ancient Greek, I have heard that a great source is "Greek: An Intensive Course" by Hardy Hansen. The website below also has some readings in ancient Greek, where they are trying to use a pronunciation believed to be closest to the ancient pronunciation; however, the reader is German and certainly has something of a German accent. Still, the language sounds very interesting and quite different from modern Greek:

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/kal/agp/
 

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Aloimeh, thanks for sharing your experience on learning Greek. I don't have enough free time these days, but I shall certainly check out that site. Cheers.:)
 
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