Psaltikon

   Liturgical book of Byzantine chant compiled for the soloist as contrasted with the choir’s asmatikon. Responsorial chants divided between soloist and choir will likewise be divided between the books; both are required for a complete performance. The psaltikon has melismatic chants quite distinct from those of the asmatikon. The earliest copies date from the 13th or 14th centuries. They contain {}prokeimena for both the divine liturgy and divine office, the verses for troparia and Alleluias, the hypakoai, kontakia for the liturgical year, and sometimes the complete Akathistos Hymn.

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