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Sheet Music for this set of Obikhod music used in services

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#1 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:32 AM

I wonder if the sheet music for the following ,music may be obtained. If it is availabal online that would be helpful but if not would anyone know where I could purchase the sheet music and the approximate cost.

This is the music link:

http://www.saintjona...EIGHT TONES.pdf


We've been learning and using this version of the 8 tones (I am told that they are Obikhod tones). I understand that they are used widely in ROCOR (in fact got the music recordings from a ROCOR priest - Fr. John Whiteford) We have newcomers who are asking for the sheet music as they learn better if they have the notes in fromt of them and that is why I need the sheet music.

If anyone is familar with the music that has been arranged by Dr. Timothy Clader and published by SJOKP, please give me some feedback. I have been asked to take a look at that but as I have never seen the music and not had any recommendations I am unsure of whether it is a good idea to order them.

#2 Michael Stickles

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:38 PM

There is an "Octoechos Guide to Obikhod Chant" available online - it has the notes, though no words (it's primarily for showing the patterns). Might be worth checking out. The sticheron and prokeimenon tones looked right for Tone 1 at least.

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#3 Anthony Stokes

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:53 PM

Nathaniel, I only listened to the first link so far, but that is not Obikhod, it is Kievan chant. Kievan is used more widely in ROCOR, and Obikhod in the OCA. Obikhod in a nutshell is simplified version of Kievan chant, so the overall melodies sound very similar. I have a ROCOR book at church that has the Sunday material set in Kievan chant, and I think it is published somewhere around Chicago, but I can't recall right now. Try looking at the St. John Chryosostom Church site in St. Louis - http://music.russianorthodox-stl.org/ They post a lot of music in Kievan chant. They don't have much in the octoechos folder, but a lot of stuff for feasts and other days. If I can remember who publishes that other book, I'll post it.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:00 PM

There are many sites online with sheet music of Church Music in the Russian Tradition. For, "Lord, I Have Cried" you can get sheet music for free on the OCA Diocese of the West Music page: http://dowoca.org/re...turgical-music/

The translations generally are the same as used in ROCOR. Another Great Site is http://music.russianorthodox-stl.org/. Carol Surgent has music in all the tones for many Troparia in various styles of Russian Church Singing (Obikhod, Kievan, "Greek" and Znamenny), plus she sets alot of stichera to the Special or "Podoben" melody.

The Eastern Diocese of ROCOR has a music page now, www.eadiocese.org.

Here are some other good pages for music:

If you are interested in Byzantine Chant, here are two good sites:

And if you can read Russian and Slavonic:

#5 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 04:34 PM

Christ is risen!

Thanks for the link Michael - I have seen it before and I thought it was similar but wasn't sure. seems that most people using Russian chant have the exact same music for Tone 1. When it comes to the other tones there are so many variations.

Sbdn. Anthony thanks for pointing out that what I have is Kievan chant. It's come to the point that I am very familiar with this set of tones and would like to master the whole set of related melodies for the stikhera and the prokeimenon etc. Thanks for pointing out the St. John Chryosostom Church site - I have downloaded some sheet music form that site.

Edward, thanks for the many, many links. I will go through them slowly. Byzantine chant is lovely but not so accessible for now as most folks here find it a bot too exotic(and difficult) to learn. I like it though! I've been downloading more than a few things from the St. Anthony's Monastery site.

#6 Reader Paul A. Barrera

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:12 AM

This is a great thread with so many resources!


I am also looking for the prayer after meals, "We Give Thanks to Thee O Christ Our God," the lenten melody of the Lord's prayer in Obikhod, and the lenten prayer after meals.

#7 Nathaniel Woon

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:58 AM



I did't think that the links I posted worked anymore! Also, you might be interested to know that is a set called Tone Tutor 101 that which is sold by OCRB



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