Guseinova Zivar

Samoglasen stihiras in Stikhirar' Mineinyi of the latter half of the 16th century

Guseinova Zivar (2018) "Samoglasen stihiras in Stikhirar' Mineinyi of the latter half of the 16th century ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2018, vol. 31, pp. 70-82 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201831.70-82


The term samoglasen (Russ. самогласен, α¥τόμελον) has steadily been inscribed in Russian singing manuscript books since the 11th century as a margin comment accompanying certain chants. In scientifi c literature has developed a stable look at samoglasen as an indication of melodic autonomy of the chant, the opposite of which is the term podoben (подобен, ²διόμελον), when the chant is sung according to a melodic pattern (i.e. podoben). Meanwhile, in the copies of Stikhirar' Mineinyi, starting from the oldest MSs until the end of the 16th century, it is seen that, fi rstly, only few number of stichera are accompanied by the remark “samoglasen”; secondly, there is a discrepancy identifi ed when comparing the repertoire of stichera with this remark; thirdly, the melodically individual chant is lacking in samoglasen-shichera in all cases. The author of the articles comes to the conclusion that the term samoglasen entered the singing books from the Canon (Устав), where the term самогласен дня (“samoglasen of the day”) indicates the function of the stichera to refl ect main events of the holiday.


stichera, manuscript, Stikhirar' Mineinyi, samoglasen, manuscript copy


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Information about the author

Guseinova Zivar

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Art Criticism;
Academic Rank: Professor;
Place of work: St Petersburg State Conservatory; 3 Teatral’naya Sq., St Petersburg, 190000, Russian Federation;
Post: professor;
ORCID: 0000-0001-8940-6485;
Email: zivar-g@mail.ru.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.