Armenian Neume System of Notation: Study and Analysis

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-10-05
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon

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The study of the Armenian system of notation called Khazs (Neumes) is of significance both for Armenian and Byzantine music from a historical and aesthetic point of view. Over the centuries the Armenian people have created a musical culture which is largely inaccessible because of the fact that to this day the medieval notation of this music has not been deciphered. Prof. R.A. At'ayan's unique study based on the abundant manuscript sources of the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Erevan) not only traces the origin and development of this notation system convincingly, but also re-creates the tunes of the numerous chants and songs composed over the centuries.

Author Biography

Robert Arshaki Atayan (1915-1994) studied music at the Ereven Conservatory, where he went on to become director and professor.

Table of Contents

Table of transliterationp. 8
Robert Atayanp. 9
Preface to the English translationp. 11
The khaz system of prosodyp. 17
Ancient Armenian manuscripts and their significance for the study of musical khaz notationp. 43
The origin and development of khaz notation and its relationship with the development of Armenian medieval musicp. 71
A critical review of some of the major studies devoted to khazesp. 106
The meanings of some of the khazes of the tenth-twelfth centuries and the principal features of the systemp. 130
Professional Armenian vocal musicp. 229
Polyphonic elements in Armenian folk musicp. 253
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 283
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