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Ioannes Trapezuntios

IOANNES Trapezuntios. b. date and place unknown; d. ca. 1769-73. Ioannes Trapezuntios, also called Ioannes Protopsaltes, was a pupil of Panagiotes Chalatzoglu. His name derives from his birth place Trapezunt/Trebizond (Trabzon in Turkey). A 1727 document by patriarch Païsios asserts that the domestikos Ioannes Kyritzes was appointed teacher at the newly founded patriarchal school of music; this Ioannes Kyritzes can be identified as Ioannes Trapezuntios. In 1728 Ioannes called himself lampadarios – an office he held at the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople until 1734. Two years later Ioannes was promoted to protopsaltes as successor to his teacher Chalatzoglu. The last reference to...

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