Professor Anatoli Viktorovich Konotop is a musicologist and has been working for 35 years on deciphering and transcribing ancient Russian ecclesiastical chants as they were sung in monasteries in the 16-17th centuries, before the liturgical reforms of the 18th century. These monophonic chants, very close to their Byzantine models yet distinct, are a far cry indeed from the polyphonic chants used in contemporary Russian churches. You can listen to samples here.
By Sylvain Rey
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