Pann, Anton [Pantoleon, Petroveanu, Pană, Petrovici]
- Nicolae Gheorghiță
[Pantoleon, Petroveanu, Pană, Petrovici]
(b Sliven, Bulgaria, c1796; d Bucharest, Nov 2, 1854). Romanian composer, psaltēs, translator, and publisher. He studied Byzantine music in Bucharest with D. Photeinos and P. Ephesios, holding over the years the positions of psaltēs, choir conductor, and teacher of ecclesiastical chant at various churches, monasteries, schools for church cantors, and theological seminaries in Bucharest, Brașov, and Vîlcea. In 1820 he was appointed director of Bucharest Psaltic Music Printing Press, founded by Ephesios that year at the behest of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Press printed the world’s first books of psaltic music: the New Doxastarion and the New Anastasimatarion. Knowledgeable in the two systems of Byzantine musical notation and, it seems, staff notation, Pann was, alongside Macarie the Hieromonk and Panagiotēs Engiurliu, a member of the commission established by Dionisie Lupu, the Metropolitan of Wallachia, with a view to translating from Greek the Byzantine chants and adapting them to the specificities of the Romanian language (a process known as the ...