Gregorios Protopsaltes

GREGORIOS PROTOPSALTES b. 1777/78?; d. 23 Dec 1821. Gregorios is said to have been born on the day of Petros Peloponnesios*’s death, and to have taught himself to sing and speak Armenian. His father sent him to the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai so as to be instructed in Greek grammar and music. Later on Gregorios was taught Byzantine music by Iakobos Peloponnesios*, Georgios of Crete* and Petros Byzantios* as well as Arabian-Persian music by the Ottoman composer Ismail Dede Efendi. He was lampadarios in the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, by 1811, and was promoted to protopsaltes after the death of Manuel Byzantios in June 1819. From 1814 onwards Gregorios,...

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