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Aramaic Project - I

Interviews and Performances - Video List

No. 180 to 171

AP 180 - Syriac Melodies of Raza. 1986 edition, with staff notation

Solemn Raza of the Syro Malabar Church. Thaksa-1986. Includes staff notation of melodies. Dr. Mathew Vellanickal prepared the notation. Keywords: Vellanickal, Mathew. Thaksa of Raza in Malayalam. Syro Malabar Liturgy. Christian music, India....


AP 179 - "Lessons:" secular music in sacred space during the Syriac era.

This video contains a collection of incidental music that used to be part of the solemn celebration of Syriac Qurbana. The respective instrumentalists performed these melodies as an introduction before the starting of Qurbana, during Communion, or wherever there were a few silent moments to fill in.....



Jose George and Diana Paul from Michigan, USA, arranged the Sacraments of Initiation for their two children in the East-Syriac tradition......


AP 177 - "Witawangunnen" Funeral services for priests. Fr. Sankoorikkal

Fr. Sebastian Sankoorikkal sings the famous chant, "witawangunnen," from the funeral for priests in the Syro Malabar Church. This is Fr. Abel's Malayalam version of the Syriac chant," Etha Pus Lek Baslama" (Farewell O Church, peace to you)......


AP 176 - Melody of Rahem Alai Alaha, Penitential Psalm 51. Fr. Sankoorikkal.

This recording is a precious gift from a veteran singer of Syriac chants, Fr. Sebastian Sankoorikkal. This is the only example of the melody of this particular Psalm text. We have several examples of the melody with the text of the famous chant from the funeral services for priests in the Syro Malabar Church, Etha Pus Lek (Farewell, O Church)......


AP 175 - Fr. Sebastian Sankoorikkal. Solemn Qurbana in Syriac (pre-1962 version).

We are fortunate to have yet another set of songs from the pre-1962 version of the Solemn Syriac Qurbana in the voice of a celebrated singer. Fr. Sebastian Sankoorikkal, a multi-faceted music personality, decided to make a studio recording of selected songs from the Syriac Qurbana with the accompaniment of modern electronic musical instruments.......


AP 174 - Why should we preserve the Syriac language? Fr. John Vianney, CMI.

Fr. John Vianney, who was ordained in 1964, grew up in the Syriac tradition. He continues to cherish the memories of the Syriac Era. In February 2020 we got an opportunity for conversation when we met at Huntington, New York......


AP 173 - Bar Maryam as Christmas carol, in Melbourne, Australia.

This is a document of a unique performance that expands the geographical and semantic history of the famous Syriac chant, "Bar Maryam" (Son of Mary). The St. Alphonsa Cathedral Parish choir in Melbourne, Australia took a bold decision to sing this chant at a public Christmas carol celebration.....


AP 172 - Fr. Paul Kodamullil. Solemn Syriac Qurbana. Pre-1962 version.

We are indeed fortunate to have this recording of Solemn Qurbana by Fr. Paul Kodamullil (d. 2019). This is one of the very few recordings available of the pre-1962 version of the solemn Qurbana. Fr. Kodamullil was a celebrated singer, who was gifted with a powerful and resonant voice....


AP 171 - Nuptial Qubana and crowning ceremony of Dixon and Nivya.

Nuptial qurbana and crowning. Reviving traditions of the St. Thomas Christians in India...


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