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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819703

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819703.001.0001

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Harilaos Papapostolou (1932–1998)

Harilaos Papapostolou (1932–1998)

—National Endowment for the Arts

(p.421) Harilaos Papapostolou (1932–1998)
Greek Music in America
Tina Bucuvalas
University Press of Mississippi

In Agrinion, Greece, HarilaosPapapostolou apprenticed with a traditional psaltis, or chanter, at age five, and mastered the enormous repertoire that composed the liturgical cycle. He became the head chanter of the cathedral, founded and directed a musical conservatory, and directed performances of sacred and secular music on radio and in public concerts. In the mid-1960s, he became head chanter at St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where he remained for 32 years. In the U.S., Papapostolou played a large part in the revival of Byzantine chant, which is rooted in the music of medieval Byzantium, taught dozens of apprentices and offered public demonstrations. He received a National Heritage Fellowship in 1998.

Keywords:   Greek Orthodox, Sacred music, Liturgical music, Greek diaspora, National Heritage Fellowship

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