The Sticherarion is a manuscript used in Greek church services. It contains liturgical texts accompanied by musical notation. The present volume, which lacks both the beginning and end, and has suffered the loss of many other pages throughout the manuscript, gives a good example of what is known as Middle Byzantine musical notation, written above the text.
The manuscript was written in the 13th century. Although we do not know the precise date, a signature tells us that it was written by Nikolaos, a notary to the Bishop of Janina at the Church of the Archangel Michael. It was purchased by the British Museum in 1868.
- Article by:
- Nicolas Bell
- Religion, The makers of Greek manuscripts
Music has played a central role in Greek Orthodox services for centuries. Nicolas Bell describes the manuscript evidence for this music in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine eras.