A Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Manuscript Collection of the National Library of Greece: Byzantine Chant and Other Music Repertory Recovered
The National Library of Greece (Ethnike Bibliothike tes Ellados) is one of the richest depositories of Byzantine musical manuscripts that exists, but in spite of being such a rich archive, the National Library has never published a catalogue of its musical manuscripts - not all of which are Byzantine or Greek. It is the purpose of this published catalogue to recover or, in some instances, to present for the first time the repertory of the musical sources of the library. The manuscripts encompass Egypt, Turkey, the Balkans, Italy, Cyprus and Israel/Palestine. This variety underlines the importance of the catalogue for identifying composers, music and performance practice of different locales. The catalogue will enlighten musicologists and Byzantinists and stimulate more interest and investigation of these sources. As such, it will fill a major gap in the bibliography of Byzantine chant and other musical studies.
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