Third Boston Byzantine Music Festival

The Byzantine Octopus, or the Ramifications of Musical Traditions

Date: Nov 13, 2015 Time: 2:00 PM–3:30 PM Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

Fr. Ivan Moody explores the relationship between Byzantine chant and polyphonic music.

Extending throughout musical history like the tentacles of an octopus, Byzantine chant in its various forms and its descendants have provided starting points for composers of polyphonic music. Fr. Moody reflects on the surprisingly persistent influence of Byzantine and other Orthodox chant traditions in the work of a number of contemporary composers, including Michael Adamis, Arvo Pärt, Alexander Raskatov, John Tavener, and Fr. Moody himself.