Old Russian Singing Terminology in the Special Course “History of Russian Music of the 11th – 18th Centuries” at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory


The course “History of Russian Music of the 11th – 18th centuries” is taught to the students of musicology at the second year of their studying at the Moscow Conservatory. The course uses many specific terms referring to the genre system of liturgical chants, liturgical books, paleography of manuscripts, Old Russian ‘znamenny’ notation and Middle Byzantine notation, the modal system and the melodic formulas. Better mastering of unfamiliar terminology is helped by additional materials, charts and diagrams. In the examples to the article some of them are presented.


Old Russian singing terminology, Russian music history, notations, genres, modal system, monodic chant