Chanting in Mount Athos

Chanting in Mount Athos


Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2):

“There in the skete, where we sang in various kellia, Elder Iosif didn’t know musical technique as well as Papa-Chrysostomos or Panteleïimon Kartsonas. The late Panteleïmon was the Elder of the Daniilaii. He knew less, but he had a voice with intensity, a good voice, and he covered it. He would often take the base notes high and I used to sit there. I went when I was young, I never missed the opportunity to hear chanting at first hand. I always wanted to go and I sang all the time. I had my Elder, Kyprianos, on the one side, I’d go to the other if I found a place, or I’d stay on the outside and watch. I saw that he made mistakes in lots of the pieces, I saw the mistakes he made there. And he’d shout, very high and go like this to Elder Kyprianos, he’d shout, and shoot a look at me, he’d give me a slap on the head in case I made a mistake.”

Hieromonk Thomas Mikrayannanitis, Elder of the Thomades Brotherhood on the Holy Mountain, talks in a interview with Pemptousia about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition

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