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Gregorios the Protopsaltes [‘the Levite’]locked

  • Alexander Lingas

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(b Constantinople, ?1778; d Constantinople, Dec 23, 1821). Romaic (Greek) composer and scribe. By tradition he was born in Constantinople to the priest Georgios (whence the nickname ‘the Levite’) and his wife Eleni on the day Petros Peloponnesios died, thus highlighting the parallels perceived between Gregorios’s career and that of his famous predecessor. After reportedly teaching himself to speak and chant in Armenian, Gregorios was sent by his father to study Greek grammar and music at the Constantinopolitan dependency (...

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