XI, 2015, 1

Byzantine Kalophonic Chant at the Music School of Putna: St. John Koukouzeles and Evstatie the Precentor | p. 485–532

chant tradition and historically informed performance practice, exegesis, Moldavian medieval music, musicological analyses, transnotations and transcriptions


The Music School at Putna Monastery in Northern Moldavia flourished during the second half of the 15th and the 16th centuries. Twelve manuscripts of the Anthologia type, comprising melodies for Vespers, Matins and Divine Liturgy, as well as kalophonic mathemata, witness to the music cultural transfer from Byzantium to Romanian lands and the important music activity developed by Evstatie the Precentor (2nd half of 15th century – ca. 1546) and other local musicians in the field of Romanian church music in Greek and Slavonic languages.
Two musical examples, namely a part of the Anoixantaria by St. John Koukouzeles and the chant instead of the Trisagion at the feasts of the Lord, Ὅσοι εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθητε, are subject to collations, transnotations, transcriptions and polyprismatic analyses. Τhe first chant is also studied according to its exegesis by Chourmouzios (A.D. 1818), whereas the second chant is presented from a hitherto unknown autograph by Evstatie, from the ms. Moscow, Historical Museum, Barsov 1345.
The goal of the paper is to show some traditional research paths for the kalophonic repertory of Putna Monastery, which could lead to a revival of some of its masterpieces.