Welcome to St. Romanos Press


New updates to the website

(on the eve of the Liturgical New Year)

August 31, 2016

It has taken much longer than expected, but we have finally been able to publish several of the new training materials we use in our small parish:

 

 

 

 

The Original (Automelon / Prosomia) Melodies

(final version with English recordings, sample song sheets and recordings
in the original Greek)

Standard Antiochian (Kazan) Hymns

(training version in all 8 Tones
with English recordings
and Greek samples of these hymns)

Lord I have cried — Resurrection Stichera
(Slow / Sticheraric)
from St. Anthony Monastery (Arizona)

(small group recordings in English
for training our parish chanters
and Greek samples of these hymns)

Brief History of Ancient Christian Music

(YouTube videos with background samples of these ancient hymns
and a PDF of the text)

 

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Welcome to our new website.

Christmas 2014

  We are delighted to announce our new website developed on a whole new platform which will make it easier for us to take this site to its next level.  Here are a few highlights of what we expect to be able to offer in the next few weeks and months.

Publication of Training Materials and Resources

  We have completed and reviewed quite a number of recordings, training materials, resources and samples for learning to chant:

  • Introduction to the Eight Tones — a 3 volume (3 CD) set with 130+ pages describing the scales, modes (both sticheraric and heirmologic) and their melodic phrases and patterns.
  • The Original (Automelon / Prosomia) Melodies — a single CD with 51 recordings of the Prosomia melodies and a 80 page booklet of the sheet music to the HTM translations.
  • YouTube Playlists of the Eight Tones — Dozens of samples in various languages and traditions organized by the 8 Modes and melodic types (Sticheraric, Heirmologic, etc.)
  • Standard Kazan — a single CD with recordings of the commonly sung Antiochian settings (Kazan) of the beginning of the Lord I have cried, God is the Lord, Resurrection Apolytikia / Theotokia, Prokeimena and the beginning of the Praises.
  • Lord I have cried — Resurrection Stichera from St. Anthony Monastery (Arizona) — In order to better understand the Sticheraric settings of the 8 Tones, we have recorded a single CD of St. Anthony's Resurrection Stichera for the Lord I have cried.
  • Brief History of Ancient Christian Music — a single CD and 18 page document with a brief overview of the history and source of our ancient Christian hymns.  (Soon to be released as a YouTube playlist!)
  • Overview of the Liturgical Structure — a 28 page document introducing the liturgical cycles of the Orthodox Church — daily, weekly, Octoechos (8 week cycle), Eothinon (11 week cycle), Menaion (12 month cycle) and Pascha (Easter).

Community-based website

  It is our desire and prayer to develop this site into a community-based website — one where many can contribute, ask questions and facilitate the development of traditional chant resources in English.  This new website platform can aid us in several ways:

  • Interest Groups & Forums — We now have the ability to easily add new interest groups and forums to facilitate the development of new resources, answer questions and in general aid those wanting to learn how to chant.  We are also looking for those interested in facilitating these kinds of forums.
  • Subscriptions — We are now able to provide subscriptions to resources, a class or group of products, newsletters / blogs and forums.
  • Reviewers — We are seeking those knowledgeable and experienced in the various focus groups to review new content and products before they are released.  We can now provide protected areas in the website for work in progress and discussion groups.
  • Contributors — We can now open up areas of the website to increase the number of contributors of the content, products and links to other resources (other publications, training materials, websites, videos, etc.)

Send us an e-mail if you have any questions, suggestions or interest in any of our new developments. This will help us direct our efforts and set our priorities and timing for releasing these new products.

Training CD iconNew Developments

Training CDs and Materials for
Learning Ancient Chant

January 2013

With the new year upon us, we would like to announce a new series of training CDs and materials, God willing, soon to be released. We hope these materials will help those interested in learning ancient Christian chant. Here is a list of the four items we have been working on for a number years and their current status. (Click on one to get a preview of its contents.)

 

Brief History of Ancient Christian Music

(pdf version with sample music now available)

Introduction to the Eight Tones (Volume 1)

(beta out for review)

Introduction to the Eight Tones (Volumes 2)

(beta out for review)

The Original (Automelon / Prosomia) Melodies

(beta out for review, Coming soon - original melodies in Greek)

 

We have also put together a short list of some good examples of traditional chant. (see Recommended Recordings.)

Send us an e-mail if you would like to be notified when these materials are available. And, please, keep us in your prayers.

St. Romanos Press has moved!

Spring of 2012

 St. Romanos Press has moved to Ellensburg in Central Washington - just two hours from Seattle, two hours from St. John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale and three hours from Spokane. Ellensburg is a small college town with a new Orthodox Mission - Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission. If you are ever in the area, please come and visit us.

(See new Contact Info)

Announcing Our New Paschal CD

"Christ is Risen"

Ancient Hymns of the Resurrection

October 1, 2010 (Protection of the Theotokos and St. Romanos the Melodist)

Note: The sheet music for this CD is now available.

 We are pleased to announce the release of our new Paschal (Easter) CD. After several years and the contributions of a number of people, we are able to provide new English settings of these ancient Christian hymns. Not only are the major hymns of Pascha itself been included, but also a number of the Prosomia (special melodies) sung during the Paschal season are being released as well. We hope you enjoy the CD and would like to hear your comments.

(See Christ is Risen CD for more details and mp3 samples of the tracks.)

Announcing Our New Music CD

"Christ is Born"

Ancient Hymns of Nativity & Theophany

Fall of 2008

Note: The sheet music for this CD is now available.

 Thanks be to God! We are very grateful and excited to announce our first music CD. It is a collection of ancient hymns for the weeks preceding the Nativity of Christ, Christmas day itself and the weeks following (including Theophany / Epiphany). Many of these original melodies and texts are attributed to St. Romanos (6th c.), St. Andrew of Crete (7-8th c.), St. John of Damascus (7-8th c.), St. Cosmas of Maiuma (7-8th c.), St. Theodore the Studite (9th c.), St. Theophanes the Branded (9th c.), and St. Joseph the Hymnographer (9th c.) to name a few. Some of these special melodies (Prosomia) are set to dozens of other texts throughout the year, as well, in the liturgical books. They have only recently been metered and transcribed into English.

(See Christ is Born CD for more details and mp3 samples of the tracks.)

Welcome to Our Website

This website is dedicated to the study and development of ancient Christian hymnography. Many of these melodies originate from the 1st to the 9th centuries (see History Overview). Our desire is to make these ancient melodies more readily available - especially those that have recently been set to English texts - and to provide an introduction to the framework or structure of how they were traditionally used in the ancient Church. In order to do this we rely on the tremendous work done in the past and in recent years to make these wonderful resources available to the English-speaking world (see Sources).

At this point, we are a very small group of people and we seek your prayers, comments, corrections and any recommendations you might have as we embark on this noble - albeit somewhat overwhelming - new venture (see Contact Us).