Chrysanthos of Madyta

CHRYSANTHOS of Madyta. b. Thrace, ca. 1770; d. 1846. Chrysanthos is said to have been a well-educated man of the church compared to the standards of his time; he knew Latin and French as well as European and Arabian music (he played the flute and the Persian ney). He studied Byzantine music with Petros Byzantios* among others. Chrysanthos was appointed archimandrite (superior abbot), and as such was also responsible for musical education. He became aware that the complicated notational system of Byzantine music was no longer correctly interpreted, and aimed to improve standards of teaching and performance. To achieve this Chrysanthos invented a solmisation system based on the first seven...

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