Panagiotes the New Chrysaphes [Panagiotēs Chrysaphēs ho Neos]
- Alexander Lingas
[Panagiotēs Chrysaphēs ho Neos]
(b? 1620–25; d after 1682). Romaic (Greek) composer, cantor, and hymnographer. As prōtopsaltēs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople from about 1655 to 1682, he helped bring to fruition the revival of Byzantine chanting initiated by his predecessor, Theophanes Karykes. He was a student of the patriarchal prōtopsaltēs Georgios Raidestinos, at whose suggestion he claims to have embarked on the recomposition of the late medieval stichērarion popularly attributed to Manuel Chrysaphes. This task, described by Panagiotes as ‘beautification’ (kallōpismos), was accomplished through the incorporation of novel melodic formulae (theseis) hitherto transmitted orally in the patriarchal chapel. He also revised in similar manner the entire anastasimatarion and excerpts from the heirmologion. Among his other chants for the Divine Office are a modally ordered series of eight kekragaria for Hesperinos, responsories, acclamations, troparia, idiomela, and megalynaria for Orthros, and a modally ordered series of eight pasapnoaria...