Canon as a genre of ancient gimnography which occupied a significant place in Orthodox worship. It was created in honor of each Saint or festive event, and in these cases was used to sample one of the already existing canons. Text of canons were included in the liturgical books, but they are very rarely issued in znamenny form, as their chants were based on well-known irmosy-samples that are included in the book the Irmologion. The manuscript Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Laura No. 427 (Russian State Library), dating from the late of the 16th century, contain, however, three znamenny canons (metropolitan Jonah, Vasily Blissful, great-martyr George). The article discusses the principles of musical interpretation of texts which reveal the creative techniques of old masters.
canon, saint, heirmos, troparion, chant, text, notation, manuscript
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