The Prophet David
Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
St. Basil's Divine Liturgy
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
St. James' Liturgy
Menaion (Feast Days)
Triodion and Pentecostarion

The music for this page is still being composed. Hymns highlighted in blue might be ready in the summer of 2009. Hymns that are not highlighted are ready now.

To view (and print) a hymn, click the word "view" next to the hymn you want.
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To hear a computer-generated sound file of a hymn, click the word "hear" next to the hymn you want.

Select the type of Notation you prefer:

First Mode

Second Mode
Third Mode

 Fourth Mode
   God is the Lord
   Apolytikion & Theotokion
   Hymns of Ascent (Anabathmoi)
   More honourable (Timiotera)

   Let Every Breath

   Verses of Psalms 148 & 149

   Slow Praises (sticheraric)

   Brief Praises (heirmologic)

Plagal First Mode
Plagal Second Mode
Grave Mode
Plagal Fourth Mode

To download all Orthros hymns in fourth mode click here (00 pages, 00 Mb)

To download all music for Orthros, click here (000 pages, 00 Mb)

Note: Clicking a "Hear" link will open a MIDI file, which can be played by your computer's media player. All these MIDI files are very small (less than 10 Kb). Bear in mind that a computer plays these files using an equal-tempered scale, which does not always correspond precisely to the actual pitches of Byzantine scales.

The translation used for these Orthros 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. While the music is copyright St. Anthony’s Monastery, the texts are copyright Holy Transfiguration Monastery, and may not be further distributed or used in sound or print publications or otherwise without the prior written permission of Holy Transfiguration Monastery.



Prologue by Gregorios Stathis

Concerning Adaptation

Byzantine vs. Western Notation

About the Translation

The History of Byzantine Chant

Writing Byzantine Music

Epilogue by
  Photios Kontoglou

The Intervals of the Soft Chromatic Modal Genre

The Intonations of the Eight Modes



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