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Chrysaphes the Younger

CHRYSAPHES the Younger b. 1620/25?; d. ca. 1682?. Little is known for certain about the life of Chrysaphes the Younger, who helped Byzantine music to flourish under Ottoman rule. Born in Constantinople, he is mentioned as protopsaltes of the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in April 1655 and he seems to have worked there until at least 1665: in manuscript Patriarchal Library Hierosol. 4 (dated 1655) Chrysaphes is mentioned by name and described as protopsaltes; in the manuscript Patmos 930 (dated August 1665), Germanos of Neai Patrai*, names Chrysaphes as his teacher and as a protopsaltes. A further reference is contained in Athens National Library manuscript EBE 947 (dated 1680), although here...

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