Online Musicological Conference & Concerts: The Syriac Musical Tradition - An Eastern Heritage, Exchanges & Influences

17/03/2021

THE SYRIAC MUSICAL TRADITION – AN EASTERN HERITAGE

EXCHANGES & INFLUENCES

ONLINE MUSICOLOGICAL CONFERENCE -  GENEVA, SALLE DE LA BOURSE AND AROUND THE GLOBE, 17-21 MARCH 2021

Organised by the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva and the Laus Plena Foundation

REGISTER AND ATTEND THE CONFERENCE FREELY ONLINE ON WWW.SYRIACMUSIC2021.ORG

ܝܽܘ̈ܒܳܠܶܐ ܣܽܘܪ̈ܝܳܝܶܐ ܩܰܕܡܳܝ̈ܶܐ

SOURCES & DEVELOPPEMENTS, CHARACTERISTICS; EXCHANGES & INFLUENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONS; PRESERVATION AND HERITAGE STATUS

This conference aims at being an opportunity for exchange and discussion among more than 20 specialists of the Syriac Musical Tradition or specialists of its influences and exchanges with other traditions. The intention is to review the existing status of works and to revitalize the current research about it. The conference is public and largely open to representatives of the Syriac communities, to HEM and partner Universities students, and to any interested person. Presentations given during the conference will be published. Several concerts are offered to illustrate the conference.

The topics to be discussed develop four streams of analysis:

Sources and development of Syriac Music

We will focus on researches made about the sources and about the historical and geographical development phases of the Music of the Eastern and Indian Syriac Churches, taking into account both the recent philological discoveries and the footprints that can still be found in the alive oral traditions.

Characteristics: Syriac octoechos, modes, tetrachords, composition principles of Syriac melodies

A common conceptual legacy of the various Syriac musical traditions and of other Christian traditions, the Octoechos appears to have obtained its shared recognition in Jerusalem between the 5th and the 9th Centuries, presumably drawing from preexisting elements. Many questions remain open about its relation to Arabic and Turkish makams, Persian systems, as well as about its role in the Byzantine, Gregorian, Georgian and Armenian repertoire. The role of the Syriac tradition in the birth of the Octoechos, as well as  the building principles of Syriac melodies, will be given particular focus.

Exchanges with and influences on other traditions

How did the acculturation of Syriac musical traditions operate during their displacement into other linguistic and cultural areas? Which other Christian and non-Christian musical traditions were influenced by, or have influenced the Syriac Music traditions during their migration? How are these musical traditions preserved or transformed in the diasporas that emerged due to the contemporary migrations?

Conservation and Syriac heritage status

The  political conflicts of the last decades and the related immigration have considerably weakened the Eastern Churches’ Syriac musical heritage. By which means, such as recording, transcriptions, etc., and by which methodologies can the conservation of the Syriac musical heritage and its transmission be ensured ? 

The conference will build the foundation for a research project of the HEM dealing with the conservation and the heritage status of the Iraqi Syriac Churches repertoire.

PARTICIPANTS 

Gabriel Aydin, Syriac Music Institute, USA

Dr. Sebastian Brock, Oxford, UK

Dr. Enrico Fink, Shemah School of Jewish Studies, Florence, Italy

Jalal Polus Gajo, Iraq, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève

Dr. Prof. Mammoottil P. George, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Sruti School of Music, Kottayam, India       

Dr. Michael Henein, Egypt, St Kyrel Trust, UK

Nouri Iskandar, Former Directeur of the Institute for Eastern Music, Aleppo, Syria

Dr. Tala Jarjour,  King’s College, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Peter Jefferey, Notre Dame University, USA (TBC)

Prof. Dr. Elias Kesrouani, Lebanon

Prof. Fadi Lion, Iraq, Par. St Ephrem, Lyon, France 

Raed Koshaba, Iraq, Hildesheim University, Germany (TBC)

Dr. Toufic Maatouk, Université Antonine, Lebanon (TBC)

Violaine Trentesaux Mochizuki, Marquartstein Institute, Germany

Prof. Nida Abou Mrad, Université Antonine, Lebanon

Dr. Joseph Palackal, Musicological Society of India

Prof. Miled Tarabay, Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra, Rome

Prof. Dr. Luca Ricossa, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève

 

PROGRAMME

THE SYRIAC MUSICAL TRADITION CONFERENCE, 17-21 MARCH 2021

Preliminary program

23 February 2021, subject to modification

All times are based on Geneva time (Central European Time, UTC+1). For other locations use the following conversion table:

 

UTC+5:30

India - Kerala

add 4h30

UTC+3:00

Iraq - Mosul

add 2h00

UTC+2:00

Lebanon – Beirut

add 1h00

UTC+1:00

Geneva, Paris (France), Germany

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UTC

London

deduce 1h00

UTC-4:00

USA - New-York

deduce 5h00

 

Wednesday 17 March 2021

16h30-17h00

Welcome and opening

Philippe Dinkel, Director, Geneva Haute école de musique.

P. Armando Pierucci, President, The Laus Plena Foundation

Véronique Nebel, Vice-President, The Laus Plena Foundation

Xavier Bouvier, Ethnomusicology, Geneva Haute école de musique

17h00-18h30

Concert: A Panorama of Syriac Traditions  

Introductory concert streamed from Geneva St. Peter Cathedral.

Geneva HEM Syriac Choir, directed by Jalal Polus Gajo

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 18 March 2021

12h00-13h20

Session 1a: Sources and Development of Syriac Music

Chair: Xavier Bouvier / Support: Giulia Valentini

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Brock, Oxford, UK

What can the manuscripts tell us?

Prof. Nida Abou Mrad, Université Antonine, Lebanon

La tradition musicale syriaque de la liturgie maronite en tant que dialecte musical de la langue monodique modale du Levant et de la Méditerranée.

Dr. Enrico Fink, Shemah School of Jewish Studies, Florence, Italie

“Eloquentissima indicazione”: Leo Levi and his study of the connections between the Syriac tradition and the Italian Jewish system for the cantillation of the Bible.

13h20-13h40

Pause

Thursday 18 March 2021 (cont.)

 

13h40-15h00

Session 1b

Dr Tala Jarjour, King’s College London, UK

Where to Go Next? Musicology meets life at a crossroads.

Violaine Trentesaux Mochizuki, Marquartstein institute, Germany

A lifetime dedicated to research on Syriac Music: Ivar Schmutz Schwaller's Mrad-Method on the principles of composition of Syriac melodies and his transcription method.

Nouri Iskandar, Former Director of the Institute for Eastern Music, Aleppo, Syria

« Takhshefto » in the rituals of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

16h00-17h00

Concert: Syriac Orthodox Traditions

 

Streamed from Mardin (Turkey, UTC + 3) and The Netherlands

Monastic Choirs and Diocese choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 19 March 2021

12h00-13h20

Session 2a

Dr. Gabriel Aydin, Syriac Music Institute, USA

Characteristics of the Syriac tmone qintoho (eight modes) and gense (tetrachords).

Prof. Dr. Elias Kesrouani, Lebanon

Structure de l’Octoéchos syriaque, Modes, tétracordes, théorie et pratique.

Dr. Toufic Maatouk, Université Antonine, Lebanon

An outline of a modal grammar of the Syro-Maronite hyms of the Maronite office - Two interpretations, same tradition: Similarity and congruence

13h20-13h40

Pause

13h40-15h00

Session 2b

Prof. Dr. Peter Jeffery, Notre Dame University, USA

Title to be announced.

P. Fadi Lion Nissan, Iraq, Paroisse St Ephrem, Lyon, France

Les Chants de l’Eglise chaldéenne.

Jalal Polus Gajo, Iraq, Geneva Haute école de musique

A Comparative analysis of the Mosul, Quaraquosh and Barthalla Syriac Catholic Musical Traditions for Holy Week: Interactions and Influences.

16h00-17h00

Concert: Syriac Catholic Traditions and Traditions from Iraq

 

Streamed from Qaraqosh (Iraq , UTC + 3) 

Choir directed by Fr. Duraid Barbar

 

 

 

 

Saturday 20 March 2021

12h00-13h20

Session 3a

Dr. Michael Henein, Egypte, St Kyrel Trust, UK

Interactions between the Coptic and Syriac musical traditions.

Prof. Dr. Luca Ricossa, Haute école de musique de Genève

Rythme et poésie. Texte et musique dans les traductions syriaques et slaves de chants byzantins.

Prof. Miled Tarabay, Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik (USEK)

La Musique sacrée de l'Eglise Maronite - Le chant de l’église maronite du Liban

13h20-13h40

Pause

13h40-15h00

Session 3b and final discussion

Dr. Joseph Palackal, Christian Musicological Society of India

Reviving the Sound, Sentiments, and Melodies of the Aramaic chants in India: Revisiting the Past to Redefine the Future.

Dr. Prof. Mammoottil P. George, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Sruti Liturgical Music School, Kottayam, India

The Influence of Syriac Music and Liturgy in the Spiritual life of west Syriac Churches in India

Final discussion

16h00-17h00

Concert: Maronite Tradition 

 

Streamed from Byblos (Jbeil) (Lebanon, UTC + 2)

Qolo Atiqa School of Music Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 18 March 2021

14h00-15h00

Concert: Syriac & other influences in the Coptic Tradition

 

Recorded concerts by the Kyrel Trust Choir directed by Michael Henein.

15h30-16h30

Concert: Syro-Malankar Orthodox Tradition

 

Recorded from Kottayam (Kerala, India, UTC + 5:30) 

Sruti Liturgical Music School Choir.

 

 

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