Tutorial for Learning the Tones

A self-study tool that introduces the singer to the eight tones of Common (L’vov-Bakhmetev Obikhod) and Kievan Chant. Illustrates tonal patterns for singing stichera. Future sections will treat psalm verses, troparia, and kanons. The scheme of the tutorial is to break down each tone and identify each of its musical phrases. The sequence for the proper use of the melodic phrases is fully explained as well as the “formula” (intonation patter, recitation pitch of the body of the phrase, and cadence) for each melodic line. All phrases are illustrated with musical and textual examples. Recorded choral demonstrations of the written examples for each tone are presented, including full (SATB) choir, and individual lines for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

Stichera