Tone 1 (Galician and Kyivan)

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Over time I've received many requests to have some sort of recorded collection of our Galician Tones. With some spare time I took it upon myself to record what I could on my home recording system. After the first few weeks, this is what I've come up with. Hopefully it will be the first of at least eight releases covering each of the eight tones.

This compilation has most of the tones used by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, thus focusing on Galician (Halych) tones including: troparion and kondakion, samohlasen, alleluia/prokeimenon, the so-called "Bulgarian" tones, sessional troparion, and a few irmosy which are labeled with tone numbers (even if they seem not to correspond with any tone).

I also took the liberty, since the UGCC is a Church of the Kyivan tradition as well, to include the Kyivan (Kievan/Obikhod) troparion, samohlasen, alleluia, and irmos melodies as well.

This is in no way meant to be an official release backed by any organization. It is only the work of a private cantor.

I took most texts, if possible, from the Anthology, the UGCC's official English DIvine Liturgy book, or from the Sheptytsky Institute's Vespers (4th Edition).
Any additional texts were taken from either the Royal Doors website (royaldoors.net) or from the Basilian Divine Office (Stamford, republished in 2014, making use of some and - to be honest - ignoring other solicited and submitted corrections, since it was first published in the 1990's). Despite its title, this book isn't really so much a full Divine Office, as it is a kind of "Byzantine Breviary", well suited for those who travel, or cannot afford to buy the complete library of all the Byzantine liturgical books that would be necessary for praying the Office in toto. Wherever it has been necessary I have exercised a preference towards Anthology texts since it is common knowledge that His Beatitude Patriarch (Major Archbishop) Sviatoslav has issued official pastoral letters, persistently and consistently "asking" our individual hierarchs, religious orders, eparchies, etc. to cease and desist from publishing liturgical texts "on their own", since there is a Patriarchal Liturgical Commission which is working on official translations; and, since it has always been the prerogative and duty of the Patriarch (i.e. Major Archbishop), alone, to promulgate and publish texts for our UGC Church, after its Synod of Bishops has had a chance to approve of them.

Music is from the Anthology for Resurrectional Troparion and Prokeimenon/Alleluia melodies (including Tone 1 Kyivan Alleluia) although there is also a wonderful CD companion to the Anthology which offers examples of most of the music found there demonstrated by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter. (www.sheptytskyinstitute.ca/resources/publications/)

Samohlasen melodies were largely from the MASI Vespers book as well as the music for the Dogmatika. Recording the Dogmatika would not, however, have been possible without the work of Fr. Ruslan Hrekh (Руслан Грех) and his CD Передсущий Явився (www.cdbaby.com/cd/revruslanhrekh). Also check out the Youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/oruslan0303.

Additional music for Sessional Troparia, Bulgarian Tones, and all of the Kyivan/Obikhod were found on unmercenary.com, a wonderful collection of chant from many traditions.

I also checked as much as I could with the book Церковні наспіви by Володимир Головко published by Свічадо, the publishing house of the Studite Brethren. You can find it at svichado.com/cerkovni-naspivi.html. It really is a wonderful resource which contains all of the Galician Tones from the basics to Dogmatika and Irmosy.

I also owe much to my teachers, in particular both to my father, a Byzantine-Catholic Priest, and our parish's cantor, who occasionally goes by the Pseudonym "The Compiler."

I pray that I haven't hurt anyone or stepped on anyone's toes and that this and the following recordings can be of some service to someone.

I again stress that I in no way intend for this to be though of as some sort of official release. If you wish to download these, since Bandcamp does put a cap on how many times one can listen before downloading, I ask that you go for the free download since I do not want to accept any money for music and arrangements which are not my own. If, by the Grace of God, you should happen to be the 201st person in any month to download and are thus incapable of getting a free download, please just wait until the next month.

God Bless,
Your brother in Christ,
A Byzantine Cantor

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released October 22, 2015

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Track Name: Troparion-Resurrectional Tone 1 (Galician)
Though the stone was sealed by the Judeans * and soldiers guarded Your most pure body, * You arose, O Savior, on the third day, * and gave life to the world. * And so the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of Life: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! * Glory to Your kingdom! * Glory to Your saving plan, ** O only Lover of Mankind.
Track Name: Troparion-Resurrectional Tone 1 (Kyivan)
Though the stone was sealed by the Judeans * and soldiers guarded Your most pure body, * You arose, O Savior, on the third day, and gave life to the world. * And so the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of Life: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! * Glory to Your kingdom! * Glory to Your saving plan, * O only Lover of Mankind.
Track Name: Samohlasen Tone 1 (Galician)
O Lord, I have cried to You, hear me; * Hear me, O Lord! * O Lord, I have cried to You, hear me; * receive the voice of my prayer * when I call upon You. ** Hear me, O Lord!
Let my prayer rise * like incense before You; * the lifting up of my hands * as an evening sacrifice. ** Hear me, O Lord!
Track Name: "Glory" Samohlasen Tone 1 (Galician)
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, ** now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Track Name: Samohlasen Tone 1 (Kyivan)
O Lord, I have cried to You, hear me; * Hear me, O Lord! * O Lord, I have cried to You, hear me; * receive the voice of my prayer * when I call upon You. ** Hear me, O Lord!
Let my prayer rise * like incense before You; * the lifting up of my hands * as an evening sacrifice. ** Hear me, O Lord!
Track Name: "Glory" Samohlasen Tone 1 (Kyivan)
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, ** now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Track Name: Dogmatikon Tone 1
Let us sing a hymn of praise to the Virgin Mary, glory of the whole world! She was herself formed by human seed, yet she became the Mother of the Master, the Gate of heaven, the them of the angels' hymn and the beauty of the faithful. She was seen as being heavenly and the Tabernacle of the Godhead. She indeed tore down the was of enmity between God and man, and brought peace in its place. She opened the kingdom of heaven. Let us therefore cling fast to her for she is the anchor of faith, and let us receive as our stronghold the Lord who was born of her. Be of good cheer, then, and have confidence, O people of God, for He will fight our enemies for us; He is all-powerful!
Track Name: Alleluia/Prokeimenon Tone 1 (Galician) short
Alleluia, the Prokeimenon is: "Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in You."
Track Name: "Bulgarian" Tone 1 for Litiya (Galician)
Today is the beginning of our salvation, O people; * for behold, the Mother and Virgin who was chosen from all generations * to be the habitation of God * is born and comes forth from the barren one. * She is the flower from Jesse and possesses the rod from his root. * May our forefather Adam rejoice and be full of joy; * for behold, she who was created from the rib of Adam * declares that her daughter and descendant is blessed. * She says: “My deliverance has been born to me. * Through her, I will be freed from the bonds of Hades.” * May David rejoice, play on his harp, and bless God; * for behold, the Virgin comes forth * from the womb of the barren woman ** for the salvation of our souls.
Track Name: First Sessional Troparion Tone 1 (Galician)
The soldiers guarding Your tomb, O Savior, * became as dead men at the lighting flash of the angel * who appeared to announce Your resurrection to the women. * We glorify You, for You have cleansed us from corruption. ** We fall down before You, for You rose from the tomb, our only God.
Track Name: Second Sessional Troparion Tone 1 (Galician)
The women who came to Your tomb early in the morning * trembled at the sight of the angel. * The tomb shone with life, * and they were struck with astonishment. * Therefore, they returned to the apostles, proclaiming the resurrection. * Christ, Who alone is mighty and powerful, * has despoiled Hades and raised all those held in corruption. * He has released us from the fear of condemnation ** by the power of the cross.
Track Name: Irmos for the Conception of Saint Anna Tone 1 (Galician)
O my soul, magnify the most glorious conception of the Mother of God.

Let us the faithful magnify the Mother of God, wellspring ever-flowing and life-receiving, the light-bearing lamp of grace, the living temple and tabernacle all pure, even more spacious than heaven and earth.
Track Name: Irmos Melody of Tone 1 (Kyivan)
O my soul, magnify the most glorious conception of the Mother of God.

Let us the faithful magnify the Mother of God, wellspring ever-flowing and life-receiving, the light-bearing lamp of grace, the living temple and tabernacle all pure, even more spacious than heaven and earth.
Track Name: Irmos for The Nativity of Christ Tone 1 (Galician)
O my soul, magnify Christ the King born in a manger.

A strange and glorious mystery do I behold: the cave is heaven; the Virgin, the throne of the cherubim; the manger, a dwelling place in which is laid Christ, the God Whom nothing can contain. Singing His praises, we magnify Him.
Track Name: Irmos for the Synaxis of the Theotokos Tone 1 (Galician)
O my soul, magnify the all pure virgin Mother of God, more honourable and glorious than the heavenly hosts.

To keep silence in fear would be easier for us to do, for this is free from danger, O Virgin Mother, and though it is hard indeed to properly weave hymns, O Mother, give us strength so that our good intention may be fulfilled.
Track Name: Irmos for the Dormition of the Theotokos Tone 1 (Galician)
Seeing the pure one's falling asleep, angels marvelled in wonder how the Virgin could ascend from earth to heaven.

O pure Virgin, in you are conquered the bounds of nature, for childbirth remains virginal and death is betrothed to life. Virgin after childbearing and alive after death, O Mother of God, never cease to save your inheritance.