Musical practice -Music in the World


At the end of the unit, the student will have:

a) Developed capacities and taste for ensemble performance;

b) Developed sight-singing abilities of solo and ensemble musical pieces;

c) Acquired experiences of musical interpretation on stage.

d) Expanded his field of musical experiences through the observation, analysis and interpretation of the sacred repertoires of several Eastern Church´s families, both of the Byzantine rite (Greek, Georgian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian and Russian) and the Coptic rite;

e) Acquired an understanding of the historical-sociological context of the aforementioned repertoires.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Svetlana Yurievna Poliakova


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

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Evaluation method

Assessment - A test of aural recognition of the examples of the analysed repertories.(10%), A theoretical knowledge test; to the students' prior choice, the test can be replaced by a communication integrated in a colloquium on questions related to the study carried out throughout the semester.(30%), Gradual evaluation, in classes throughout the semester, of the 8-10 pieces from the chosen repertoire.(60%)

Subject matter

This discipline is dedicated to the choral interpretation of the repertories of the Byzantine rite, in the Greek, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, Italo-Greek, Romanian and Slavic chant traditions. The practical component is completed with the theoretical component that aims to relate the vocal pieces to be performed with their historical, liturgical, systematic, aesthetic, and stylistic context. Particular attention is given to the sacred music of the Byzantine rite in the work of composers of the XVIII-XXI centuries. In addition to academic study aspects, the discipline promotes the organization and performance of the choral concerts in Lisbon and other Portuguese cities.


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