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date: 20 November 2019

Petros Byzantioslocked

  • Alexander Lingas

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(b Neochorios, Bosphorus, mid-18th century; d Iaşi, 1808). Romaic (Greek) composer and scribe. First mentioned in the records of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as second domestikos (1771), he rose over the next three decades through the hierarchy of patriarchal cantors, serving as first domestikos, lampadarios (1789–1800), and, in succession to Jakobos Peloponnesios, prōtopsaltēs (1800–05). Dismissed from this last position by Patriarch Kallinikos IV for entering into a second marriage, he left Constantinople for Kherson in the Crimea (thereby acquiring the sobriquet ho fugas, ‘the fugitive’) and later travelled to Iaşi, Moldavia, where he died.

In 1791, together with Jakobos Peloponnesios, Petros founded the Third Patriarchal School of Music. Whereas the conservative Jakobos would teach only chants in traditional styles to be sung with considerable rhythmic freedom, Petros, according to his student Chrysanthos of Madytos, supplemented the older repertories with the works of his own teacher ...

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