This section will contain music for every day of the year in the Menaion. It will not have any troparia that have been translated to meter. It will, however, have music for the Apolytikion of every day, even if it is metered. Thus, this section will have music for every day of the year for some or all of the following, depending on the day:
The translation used for these Menaion hymns is copyrighted by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline and is used with their permission. We chose their translation because many people throughout the world hold their liturgical translations in high regard due to their precision, meter, and elegance.
The only troparia in the Menaion translated to meter that we did set to music are the Dismissal Hymns and some Kontakia. We did not set to music all the other metered troparia, since they can easily be chanted without music once their special melodies have been learned. Aids for learning these special melodies are available at http://www.homb.org/prospdf/Prosomia%20Book.pdf (8.8 Mb) and http://sgpm.goarch.org/Monastery/index.php?cat=16 The only chanted part of the Menaion that has not been translated to meter that is not included here is the canons.
We have included the music for the Kontakion of all major saints, even though according to some rubrics it is never chanted. We have explained our reason for doing so in a Brief Article about Kontakia Rubrics that also has a chart that indicates what the final Kontakion is after the Small Entrance for every day of the year.
The music we have composed for the Menaion is in the melodic style of the 1857 patriarchal publication Mousike Kypsele. We have explained our reason for doing so in a Brief Article about Melodic Style that also demonstrates how this was accomplished.
Prologue by Gregorios Stathis
About the Translation
The History of
Byzantine vs. Western Notation
The Intervals of the Soft Chromatic Modal Genre
The Intonations of the