Posts about music

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Christmas Music That Will Take You to Heaven

Although some people complain about Christmas music before Thanksgiving, Orthodox Christians have traditionally started chanting sacred hymns about Christmas…

Dec 15, 2014
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Rachmaninoff’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) is one of the best known Russian composers of the 20th century. His works, especially for piano and orchestra, are…

Dec 09, 2014
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Tavener: Svyati

Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) wrote many substantial concert works which explore the spirituality of the Orthodox Church, and he was very concerned with…

Dec 03, 2014
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Anastasia Pahos: Eliksiir

In this episode, Chris Vlahonasios follows up with Orthodox composer Anastasia Pahos following a concert in Melbourne, Australia which featured her classical…

Nov 18, 2014
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Universal Language of Beauty

In the old village of Kanda, Georgia, six people enter an unfinished Orthodox Church to sing the Trisagion hymn. Their voices rise up in Georgian and Aramaic…

Oct 28, 2014
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Anastasia Pahos and Sacred Music vs. Liturgical Music

In this episode, Chris Vlahonasios interviews fellow Australian and Orthodox composer and musician Anastasia Pahos. Ms. Pahos reflects on how her faith…

Oct 28, 2014
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Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

My cousin Patrick was a cowboy. Actually, he wasn’t a real cowboy, because we grew up in town, and when he worked he was a truck-driver and repaired…

Sep 23, 2014
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A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

The poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” So it is with…

Sep 01, 2014
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Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work,…

Aug 17, 2014
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Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the…

Aug 01, 2014
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