TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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The Year of the Liturgical Monody
Since the establishment of the state of emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, churches have been closed and believers have watched Sunday and holiday Liturgies on television. For a musicologist, the solitary church liturgy, without a choir, performed only by the altar and kliros officials, was a challenge to meditate on the original liturgical monody, full of simplicity, intimacy and unspectacular. The monodic church singing, both of the Byzantine tradition and of the Gregorian tradition of the Catholic churches, was for us a necessary lesson of essentialization and simplicity. It is worth listening to and learning it with more attention and appreciation.