- Dimitri Conomos
(bc1730; d Constantinople, 1778). Greek chanter, composer and teacher of Byzantine music. He received his first music lessons in monastic communities in Smyrna (Papadopoulos). In 1764 he travelled to Constantinople, where he became associated with the well-known prōtopsaltēs of Hagia Sophia, Joannes Trapezountios, with whom he chanted as second domestikos in the right choir. He held this office until his promotion to lampadarios (leader of the left choir) between 1769 and 1773. He was made an instructor in the second patriarchal school of music, founded in 1776, and from this time his reputation as an important teacher and composer was established. It is reported that he was also a specialist in Armenian and Turkish music and that he composed melodies based on the oriental maqāmāt.
Petros contributed a number of original compositions to the Offices and liturgies of the Greek Church, including complete sets of Cheroubic Hymns and communion chants in all eight modes, as well as music for funerals, ordinations, baptisms, weddings etc. In addition, he composed exercises and lessons for students of chant. Although his life as a composer was short (he died prematurely when a plague swept Constantinople in ...