Concert of Orthodox music
About the project
Dispel, o Lady, any thoughts forced persistently upon me by the evil one to overthrow my poor soul all the way down to the depths of hell. Save me, my Holy Lady, from his traps. Give me, Virgin, God's fear and love, a God worth of decision, pure life, love of God and of the fellow man, patience, humility, temperance, fasting as well as tears of despair which purify of the evil that I, a poor soul, have committed. (Ephrem the Syrian)
Author of the project and conductor: Karmina Šilec
Music: A. D. Kastalsky, S. V. Rachmaninoff, S. S. Mokranjac, Kassia, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Greek and Georgian spiritual chants
Eastern Church does not consider music to be an addition to the worship of the godly. It sees it as an inseparable part of worship itself and has therefore always had great respect for the true beauty, with the understanding that the true expression of beauty can be found in God, in the Holy Trinity. And we need to experience beauty. Not only in what we see, but also in what we hear. If we, blessed by God, reach the paradise, what we see and hear will be more beautiful than any of our
greatest hopes and expectations. The music of the Orthodox Church is therefore extremely important since it strives to be the means for us to remember paradise and worship the Holy Trinity.
Orthodox music is first and foremost linked to words. And these are then interwoven into songs. The aim of the singing or rather worshipping is to express, by singing, an emotional "climax"; the goal is the giving of oneself to God. This is music which contributes to a deeper prayer, it is a gateway to the God's house in heaven. With the texts of the hymns we contemplate God, we pray to God and learn about God. Music is a coat wrapped around the profound message of the hymn.
Since Orthodox Christian religion spreads over wide geographical and temporal frames, its transcendence is reflected in her music as well. This clearly varies from nation to nation, from century to century. But the texts of the hymns have always remained the same: they express the words of Jesus Christ who is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever". (Hebrews 13:8)
Music heritage of the Orthodox Church is based on the worship linked to the time of ancient Greek patriarchs of the Old Testament. It is based on the fundamental traditions from Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Constantinople and Rome, as well as Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Carpathian and Bulgarian traditions. Music is being performed by various performers or groups: from a soloist, a group of church singers or a choir to the whole community of churchgoers. Different cultural backgrounds of Eastern Churches form a variety, an exciting blend of styles and musical expressions.