Posted by: kt | February 6, 2008

Perpetuating the Psaltic Heritage

This is a space where anyone involved in psaltiki’s projects or mission can share and comment on challenges or offer suggestions we can all learn from. It is a space for interaction and brainstorming. I’m very excited and look forward to contributing to our mission.

Ὥσπερ γὰρ τὰ τῆς ψυχῆς νοήματα γνωρίζομεν καὶ σημαίνομεν δι’ ὧν προφέρομεν λόγων, οὕτως, τῆς πνευματικῆς ἐν ψυχῇ ἁρμονίας τὴν ἐκ τῶν λόγων μελῳδίαν σύμβολον εἶναι θέλων ὁ Κύριος, τετύπωκεν ἐμμελῶς τὰς ᾠδὰς ψάλλεσθαι, καὶ τοὺς ψαλμοὺς μετ’ ᾠδῆς ἀναγινώσκεσθαι.

Just as we make known and singnify the thoughts of the soul through the words we express,so too the Lord wished the melody of the words to be a sign of the spiritual harmony of the soul,and ordained that the canticles be sung with melody and the psalms be read with the canticles.

—Saint Athanasios the Great (AD 296-373), Letter to Marcellunus.

Psaltiki, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the advancement and perpetuation of the Psaltic Art, Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant and hymnology, by encouraging and facilitating its academic study and cultivation, supporting and initiating projects and scholarly pursuits, scientific research, publications and diverse activities relating to those fields, thus, transmitting and supporting the psaltic heritage and tradition through diverse activities, such as: conferences, multimedia and online resources, publications, recordings, as well as financial gift support of worthy projects and individual scholars, researchers and musicians engaged in exemplary projects and endeavors related to Psaltiki’s purpose.

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