Online lecture by Maria Kachmar (The Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy): Ukrainian Irmologion. Source of Kyiv chant tradition of Byzantine Church Rite

Datum konání: 
20. 4. 2022, 17:00

emce-ukr-pozvanka.jpg?itok=it55gMHX The Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences, Project Old Myths, New Facts: Czech Lands in Centre of 15th-Century Music Developments,

Institute of Musicology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Project Cantus Planus in Slovakia: Local Elements – Transregional Relationships, and

Institute of Musicology, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungary, Project Momentum: Digital Music Fragmentology


cordially invite you to a special talk of the series:

Early Music in Central Europe: Local Elements – Transregional Connections – International Research


Dr. Maria Kachmar

Department of Musical Medieval and Ukrainian Studies. The Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (Lviv, Ukraine)

Wednesday, April 20th 2022 5 PM CEST via ZOOM


Maria Kachmar, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Department of Musical Medieval and Ukrainian Studies of The Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (Ukraine). Her main areas of research are the Byzantine and Slavic neumatic and Kyivan linear musical notation of the 12-17th century, music paleography, and history of old ukrainian music and liturgical chants. She is a member of the KAAD scholarship in Ostkirchlichen Institut an der Universität Würzburg (2009). She received PhD in Musicology in 2016. Her published works are research about music notation in collective monographs of collection The Late 16th Century Neumatic Heirmologion of Lavriv (Lviv UCU 2019) and Viennese Oktoechos Codex Vindobonensis Slavicus 37/Research. (Kyiv 2021). Also, she is a scientific worker in Institute of Church Music UCU ( and teacher of the Instytut Regencki Archidiecezji Przemysko-Warszawskiej (since 2016).



The lecture provides a general introduction to a crucial part of Ukrainian history: the musical idiom associated with services in the Byzantine liturgy in Kyiv. Byzantine chant is rich in genre, including so-called canon, stycheras, and prokeienon, among others. These were all adopted in the Middle Ages in Kyiv while preserving Byzantine melodies and poetics along with Greek metrics. More than 1500 manuscripts with Ukrainian Irmologion, a genre which combines themes from the Old and New Testaments and elements of Byzantine religious poetry that were used in the Byzantine liturgy, was written between the 16th and 19th century. The chant texts present a later development of the Church Slavonic language, created by Cyril (Konstantine) and Methodius in the 9th century, featuring a specific Ukrainian dialect, documented in manuscripts from as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. Specific to these manuscripts is their notation, a local (Ukrainian) variant of the staff (lineal) notation that can aid in the reconstruction of melodies concealed in medieval manuscripts with Slavonic neumatic notation, today only partly readable.


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