Armenian Neume System of Notation: Study and Analysis

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The study of the Armenian system of notation called Khazs (Neumes) is of significance both for Armenian and Byzantine music from a historical and aesthetic point of view. Over the centuries the Armenian people have created a musical culture which is largely inaccessible because of the fact that to this day the medieval notation of this music has not been deciphered.
Prof. R.A. At'ayan's unique study based on the abundant manuscript sources of the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Erevan) not only traces the origin and development of this notation system convincingly, but also re-creates the tunes of the numerous chants and songs composed over the centuries.
 

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Table of transliteration
vii
Ṙobert Atayan
viii
Preface to the English translation
ii
1 The khaz system of prosody
17
2 Ancient Armenian manuscripts and their significance for the study of musical khaz notation
43
3 The origin and development of khaz notation and its relationship with the development of Armenian medieval music
71
4 A critical review of some of the major studies devoted to khazes
106
5 The meanings of some of the khazes of the tenthtwelfth centuries and the principal features of the system
130
Professional Armenian vocal music
229
Polyphonic elements in Armenian folk music
253
Notes
263
Bibiliography
274
Index
283
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