Tone 2 (Galician & Kyivan)

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After a few months and the Christmas Holidays I have finally finished Tone 2 of my planned recorded survey of the 8 tones in English.

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 January 13, 2016

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Track Name: Troparion/Apolytikon Tone 2 (Galician)
When You went down to death, O Life Immortal,* You struck Hades dead with the blazing light of Your divinity.* When You raised the dead from the nether world,* all the powers of heaven cried out:** "O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory be to You!"
Track Name: Troparion/Apolytikon Tone 2 (Kyivan)
When You went down to death, O Life Immortal,* You struck Hades dead with the blazing light of Your divinity.* When You raised the dead from the nether world,* all the powers of heaven cried out:* "O Giver of life, Christ our God,** glory be to You!"
Track Name: Samohlasny Tone 2 (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: Samohlasny Tone 2 (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" of Samohlasny Tone 2 (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 2 (Galician/Znameny)
O Virgin, the shadow of the law passed away with the realization of grace For as the bush had burned without being consumed, so you gave birth while a virgin and you remained a virgin. Instead of the pillar of fire there rose the Sun of Justice; instead of Moses Christ God came forth, the Saviour of our souls.
Track Name: Alleluia/Prokeimenon Tone 2 (Galician)
Alleluia. The Prokeimenon is "The Lord is my strength and my song of praise, and He has become my salvation."
Track Name: "Bulgarian" Tone 2 for Litija (Galician)
Come all you lovers** of virginity and chastity,* lovingly hold aloft the boast of virginity,* the fountain of life springing up from the solid stone.* She is the bush which grows in the barren land,* the bush of the non-material fire,** who cleanses and illumines our souls.
Track Name: "Bulgarian" Tone 2 Studite Variation
Come all you lovers** of virginity and chastity,* lovingly hold aloft the boast of virginity,* the fountain of life springing up from the solid stone.* She is the bush which grows in the barren land,* the bush of the non-material fire,** who cleanses and illumines our souls.
Track Name: "All Creation"
All Creation is filled with rejoicing today, for Christ is born of a virgin.
Track Name: "Be Exalted"
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, above all the earth be Your glory.
Track Name: Sessional Troparion Tone 2 (Galician)
The noble Joseph took down Your most pure body from the cross; * he wrapped it in a clean shroud * and with fragrant spices laid it in burial in a new tomb. * But You arose in three days, O Lord, ** bestowing great mercy upon the world.
Track Name: Bakhmetev
The words are the Troparion of Holy and Great Saturday which is the first half of the standard Sessional Troparion Tone 2:
Here the translation is:

Joseph, a noble of Arimathea came, taking Your most pure body down from the Tree. He enwrapped it in a shroud of pure linen, and then, covering it with fragrant spices, laid it in a new tomb.
Track Name: Podobny Tone 2 (Galician)
When the Arimathean lifted You,* lifeless from the cross,* O Lord of life,* he anointed You, O Christ, with myrrh,* and wrapped You in a shroud,* and he was moved by heartfelt love* to kiss Your body not subject to decay:* but was restrained by fear,* and rejoicing, he cited out to You:** Glory to Your condescension, O Lover of mankind!
Track Name: Irmos/Katavasia Theophany Tone 2 (Galician/Znameny)
O my soul, magnify Christ the King, baptized in the Jordan.

Every tongue is at a loss to praise you as is your due, O Mother of God. Even a spirit from above is filled with dizziness when seeking to sing your praises. But since you are good accept our faith, for you know well our love inspired by God. For it is you who protect all Christians; therefore, we magnify you.
Track Name: Irmos Theophany Tone 2 w/ 2nd voice
O my soul, magnify Christ the King, baptized in the Jordan.

Every tongue is at a loss to praise you as is your due, O Mother of God. Even a spirit from above is filled with dizziness when seeking to sing your praises. But since you are good accept our faith, for you know well our love inspired by God. For it is you who protect all Christians; therefore, we magnify you.
Track Name: Irmos/Katavasia Melody Tone 2 (Kyivan)
O my soul, magnify Christ the King, baptized in the Jordan.

Every tongue is at a loss to praise you as is your due, O Mother of God.* Even a spirit from above is filled with dizziness when seeking to sing your praises.* But since you are good accept our faith, for you know well our love inspired by God.** For it is you who protect all Christians; therefore, we magnify you.