- New Valaam Trading Company offers a tape with workbook that teaches
The Eight Tones and Special Melodies According to the Russian Usage Here is a partial description of
"The Eight Tones and Special Melodies according the usage of the Russian orthodox Church" comprehensively covers all
the eight tones, in each melody variation they are sung in.
The troparic, sticheric, Irmos and prokeimenon melodies are all covered, with a single voice singing the melody only.
The "refrain" melody, used for the psalm verses between the stichera of "Lord I have cried" at vespers and
"Let every breath praise the Lord" at matins are also taught.
There is a representative selection of each musical piece sung.
In addition to the standard "Eight Tones" melodies, there is a selection of the 13 most popular "Special Melodies",
If a student were to master the contents of this tape, all of the hymns of Vespers and Matins
could be sung, with very few, uncommon exceptions.
The workbook included has:
The words to everything that is sung, properly marked for emphasis
An instructive Preface
An essay introducing the rudiments of church singing and it's history, including
- Liturgical Chant of the Early Christian Church
- Liturgical Chant of the Russian Orthodox Church
- Construction and Usage of the Eight Tones
"Guidelines for Choir Singers and Choir Conductors"
- which contains extensive quotes from the Father and Church Councils about church singing and Psalmody
and an extensive bibliography.
St John of Kronstadt Press
Rt 1 Box 205
Liberty TN 37095
Contact: Fr Gregory Williams
St. John of Kronstadt Press has
tapes from a number of other publishers
including a 2 tape set on the raising of children by a pre-Revolution
Russian bishop that is quite good and a three tape set on the teachings
of the Fathers on the Passions, on the Body, and on Sickness (I think that
was the three).
The Christian Activist has a tape ministry (they'll lend them, or sell
St. Herman of Alaska Bookstore
1315 7th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-8161 [DAYS]
Contact: Matt Kaskanlian
turns out a series of
about 12 tapes that I found very good at $5apiece
(some stuff by Fr. Seraphim Rose, a set of two tapes by a missionary to
Uganda, a nice two tape set on confession, the Beatitudes, Marriage)
(Several more are supposed to be released
when he has time to get around to it, but given past experience that
may be a long time. Some of his tapes can be acquired through Orthodox
bookstores - like Jordanville - but only a subset of them and at
a higher cost, since he seems to sell at whole sale prices if you mail
order from him.)
Here are my comments on the ones that are available written some time back:
Some of the 2 tape sets are really a tape and a half (for instance, Confession)
St. Nicodemus Hagiorite Publication Society
6149 Fairway Lane
Wescosville, PA 18106
Translator: Constatine Zalalas
There's a group St. Nicodemus Hagiorite Publication Society
that turns out conservative Orthodox tapes from a theologian in
the Greek state church named Fr. Athanasios Mitilianaios from Larissa
Greece (and some from Father Ephraim of M. Philotheou on the Holy
Mountain) for $1.25. My priest likes the theologian. A friend of mine
has mixed feelings on him, considering him too conservative (of course,
I'm not sure whether to take that as a plus or a minus :)).
I just heard about 30 of them of them and will probably
listen to them all eventually, D.V. We acquired all 45 or so tapes for our
parish library (a variety of practical topics, plus two extensive sets of
teaching tapes on the Epistle of James and the book of Tobit). According to
the tape, they are working with the blessing of Bp. Maximos. They have
several priests, not all of whose names sounded Greek-one I think had a
Slavic name, for guidance.
Orthodox Christian Education Commision
PO Box 69
Syracuse, NY 13205
has tape albums on church history/ an overview of the
church by Fr. Thomas
Hopko/ one on contemporary moral issues. Maybe more stuff.
Orthodox Voices, an Orthodox periodical on tape, has nice stuff on
of excerpts from good Orthodox sources. (I found out about the very fine
by St. Herman of Alaska Bookstore through an excerpt on Orthodox
St Nectarios Press (SNP)
10300 Ashworth Avenue
North Seattle, Washington
also carries a variety of tapes including some nice ones on the lives of
saints. However, the purchaser should be aware that the tapes contain
comments of a polemical and controversial nature that some may find
quite offensive, particularly in the Q&Asession. (My priest and
myself found both edifying and offensive matters on the tapes personally.
Your mileage may vary.) Some of the tapes are conferance tapes that are also
available from Holy Transfiguration Monastary, which will sell you individual
conferance tapes-St. Nectarios only sells "all the tapes from a
conferance" for these tapes. Many of the lives of saints can be bought
individually ($5each when last I checked), however.
I have found, however, that they will accept back tapes for a full refund
within 30 days if for any reason you are dissatisfied, so that limits the
risk in trying the material.
[Someone on the moderated Orthodox list suggested these]
The "New Life Series" would be of interest in such a case. It
-at least- a series of tapes by Fr Thomas Hopko on each of these themes:
Prayer - 20 tapes
- The mother of God - 2 tapes
- The Creed - 8 tapes
[Someone on the moderated Orthodox list suggested these]
Tapes on other themes by Fr Hopko are available from St Vladimir Seminary
Orthodox Christian Recorded Books produces tapes on a variety of topics,
including the Life of St. Mary of Egypt by St. Sophronius, the Dormition
of the Theotokos, St. Seraphim of Sarov's conversation with Molotov,
of Alaska's Indication of Way into the Kingdom of God, and others.
They can be acquired directly from the publisher or from St. John of
Kronstadt Press. I've found the material read to be superb, but the reading
style to be somewhat monotonous for some of the tapes. The
reading was clear, however.
Orthodox Mission Center has a number of tapes from a recent mission
conferance. We purchased three for our parish library. They were
interesting-I particularly liked the one from Fr. Daniel Byantoro
who I met personally when he was in NJ.
Holy Transfiguration Monastery
278 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02146
also has tapes of chant in English
chanted by the nuns of the Holy Nativity convent. Theses are very
nice and very simply sung and are a good introduction to Byzantine
chant for Americans.
A California monastary of Bp. Chrysosthomos' jurisdiction imports nice
stuff from their home monastary in Greece. We have four of these tapes in
our church library. The following is the quote that induced us to try them.
As for high quality Byzantine music, I recommend a series of
recorded by the monks at the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Fili,
just outside of Athens. The archieratical Divine Liturgy is wonderful. The
paraklisis to Saints Cyprian and Justina also. They can be purchased from
Eastern Christian Supply
P.O. Box 677
Etna, CA 96027
I don't think the recordings are available on compact disk.
P.O. Box 76
Ben Lomond CA 95005-0076
or (800) 967-7377
FAX (408) 336-8882
carries a number of tapes and CDs
including one that has music of
the monastary of Valaam, purchase of which helps the restoration of
(The phone numbers are for orders only I believe.)
Music teaching tape on the 8 tones in the Russian style is available from
the New Valaam Trading Company.
A Collection of Byzantine Hymns Chanted in Arabic and English
in Jubilant Celebration
the Nativity of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
Frank George, Chanter, St. George Orthodox Cathedral,
Lloyd George (Patapius), Reader, St. Stephen the Protomartyr
Church, South Plainfield, NJ
is available from
St. Stephen the Protomartyr Antiochian Orthodox Church
701 Lane Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080-3516
at $12 for cassetes and $18 for CDs by sending a check to
St. Stephen the Protomartyr Antiochian Orthodox Church Building Fund
Email Reader Daniel Lieuwen for more information
- There are lots of sources, however, one of the most complete I have
It's a Classic
5539 East 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135-6008
The owner is Reader Andrew (David) Honerkamp.
He's a bit slow in getting
the stuff to you if he has to special order it, but he keeps a relatively
large stock of Orthodox (or should I say Eastern-the best Arabic stuff
is done by a Melkite nun, some of the Russian stuff comes from a Uniate
monastary in Belgium), Gregorian, and even a little Ethiopian chant. He
has found me stuff that doesn't show up on the classical CD on-line sources.
[Deacon Mark Gilstrap added the following]
The employees are knowledgeable, but you might want to talk to Drew directly
if you are after something specific. His inventory of orthodox books is
also growing. If you're calling anyway you might ask if he has what you
are looking for. Someone was asking about the Rudder. I saw a new printing
of the Rudder just a couple of weeks ago in his store.
- St. Vladamir's Bookstore carries an extensive collection and their
catalog gives a nice description.
- St. Tikhon's Bookstore carries some nice tapes and CDs (both instructional
and music for tapes), but not as extensive as the previous two sources.
[From Harry G. Coin]
Orthros of Pascha and Liturgy on CD
The Orthros of Pascha and the following liturgy are available on a CD
by "Ekona", three sisters with beautiful voices, and a solo priest.
Holy Cross Bookstrore in Boston (617) 731-3500. It is almost entirely
in English, with a little of four or so other languages. About $14.
[Someone sent me this]
Tambu, the aforementioned Hellenic College bookstore is a good source
of tapes of Byzantine Chant. There is a compact disk on Opus 111, a
division of Harmonia Mundi, that is simply titled The Divine Liturgy
of St. John Chrysotom by The Greek Byzantine Choir directed by
Lycourgos Angelopoulos, disk number OPS 30-78. You could probably
order this at any good record store.
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