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Manuel Chrysaphes

CHRYSAPHES, Manuel. fl. 1440–1463. He was the most impressive, prolific and distinguished Byzantine composer, singer, scribe and theoretician at the time of Constantinople’s political decline. His output was exceptionally prolific and his chants were known and sung for centuries, not only in the Greek- but also in the Slavonic- and Romanian-speaking east. His contributions to the repertory of Byzantine liturgical music reveal him as an important figure in the development of the Eastern chant tradition, for, broadly speaking, they contain a mixture of elements both traditional and innovative. He is especially known as the author of an important musical treatise entitled On the Theory of...

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