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A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy (Benedict Sheehan, Editor) is a 238-page anthology of traditional chant melodies in the mainstream Slavic tradition, written on one staff, and arranged so that it may be sung satisfactorily by one, two, three, or four voices.
- Easily adaptable for men or women's voices or mixed ensemble
- Perfect for small ensembles or solo chanting
- Majority of selections are from the common repertoire of the Orthodox Church in America
From the Introduction by Vlad Morosan:
"The present collection addresses an essential and fundamental need: the availability, under a single cover, of practically all the hymns, unchanging as well as variable, necessary for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the English language, set to melodies that allow for an aesthetically pleasing and stylistically unified rendition by a single chanter—if only one is present—or by a small ensemble of singers. In this regard, it constitutes an unprecedented liturgical music resource on North American soil, which carries the potential of transforming the musical aspect of Orthodox worship in small missionary parishes or in established parishes with small choirs and in other situations of evangelistic outreach, such as prisons, hospitals, military units, and mission stations."
To hear a variety of selections, sung by the Monastery of St. Tikhon's kliros ensemble, visit our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTa8AXLw7vPMGH5LFAsqtIQ
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