Asmatikon

   Liturgical book of Byzantine chant compiled for the trained choir (psaltai) as contrasted with the soloist’s psaltikon. Responsorial chants divided between soloist and choir will likewise be divided between the books; both are required for a complete performance. The surviving copies date from the 13th and early 14th century, mostly from south Italy. They contain chants for koinōnika (communion) in the divine liturgy, refrains for prokeimena and troparia, hypakoai, kontakia, and ordinary chants for the divine office including the eisdikon, trisagion, and cheroubikon.

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