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The focus of this book is Byzantine music, seen through its early written steps, then through its legacy, when the Eastern Roman Empire had already been politically defeated, but not its deepest soul. By the tools of Greek palaeography and musicological analysis, the volume describes some sources kept in the Veneto region, trying to understand how text and neumes cooperate to create the peculiar Byzantine hymnography. In the first two chapters, musical manuscripts from Bassano del Grappa (12th c.) and Padova (17th c.) are object of a detailed study aimed at uncovering their notational systems, from their adiastematic beginning to the highly developed, post-Byzantine stage. In the last chapter, the central point is the European Enlightenment of the 18th c., when Medieval Greek music – whose echo came mainly through Venice – began to be laically seductive to Western musicologists, anxious to decipher for the first time its neumes, maybe heirs and brothers of ancient Greek music, and of Latin Christian chant.
Silvia Tessari got her Ph.D. in Byzantine Philology (tutor: Anna Pontani) in 2012 and has been research assistant at Padua University. She is currently adjunct professor of Greek Music at the Department of Cultural Heritage (Padua), as well as a teacher in secondary school. Her research interests are mainly Byzantine hymnography and music. Invited to many international congresses in Italy and abroad (e.g. Athens, Hamburg, Sofia, Belgrade…), she is part of the research group dedicated to Byzantine Music supported by the Levi Foundation. Among her publications, a monograph dedicated to the hymnography attributed to Photius, and a printed catalogue of the Byzantine musical manuscripts kept at the Marciana Library. International concert pianist, she has given recitals and has played with orchestra in Italy, U.S.A., Spain, Germany, Austria, U.K., Greece, Russia, South Korea. In march 2018 she obtained the National Scientific Qualification (level of Associate Professor) in Byzantine philology.
Byzantine Music and the Veneto Region
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