Byzantine secular music

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      Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
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      From the founding of Constantinople in the 4th century ce until the fall of the empire in 1453, there was no greater patron of secular music than the imperial court. Secular music existed in great abundance and accompanied every aspect of life in the empire, including dramatic productions, pantomime, ballets, banquets, political and pagan festivals, Olympic games, and all ceremonies of the imperial court. It was, however, regarded with contempt, and was frequently denounced as profane and lascivious by the Church Fathers, among them John Chrysostom, Tertullian, Cyprian, Clement of Alexandria, Gregory Nazianzen, Basil the Great, Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo and, particularly, Jerome, who referred to those who performed it as prostitutes (porni). Detailed descriptions of court music may be found in the 10th-century Book of Ceremonies of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetus (905–59) and in the De officiis of Pseudo-Codinus dating from the mid-14th century. Despite ecclesiastical opposition, most of the iconographical evidence for Byzantine instruments is to be found in monasteries and liturgical manuscripts; instruments prohibited in church are depicted in frescoes of the Great Lavra and Stavronikita (Mount Athos), Loukous (Astros), Philanthropinon (Ioannina) and Anapafsas and Varlaam (Meteora) monasteries. Contemporary chronicles, particularly the 9th-century ...
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      TOULIATOS, D. author. Byzantine secular music. Oxford Music Online, [s. l.], 2001. DOI 10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 set. 2020.
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      Touliatos D author. Byzantine secular music. Oxford Music Online. 2001. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192
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      Touliatos, D. author. (2001). Byzantine secular music. Oxford Music Online.
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      Touliatos, Diane, author. 2001. “Byzantine Secular Music.” Oxford Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192.
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      Touliatos, D. author (2001) ‘Byzantine secular music’, Oxford Music Online. doi: 10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192.
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      Touliatos, D author 2001, ‘Byzantine secular music’, Oxford Music Online, viewed 20 September 2020, .
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      Touliatos, Diane, author. “Byzantine Secular Music.” Oxford Music Online, 2001. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192.
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      Touliatos, Diane, author. “Byzantine Secular Music.” Oxford Music Online, 2001. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.48192.
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      Touliatos D author. Byzantine secular music. Oxford Music Online [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2020 Sep 20]; Available from: