Galician Chant - information

Ignatii Polotniuk's Napivnik is a volume representing the chant tradition of Galicia, one of the Southwestern Russian provinces close to the Carpath-Russian region. This chant book is similar to the Prostopinije in repertoire, both in content and melodic styles. Its most valuable aspect is that it preserves a tradition of chanting that clearly shares its roots with the Russian Znamenny Chant, although it represents a regional interpretation of the older neumatic notation. Published in Peremyshl' in 1902, it contains a wealth of music not found elsewhere.

Scans of almost the entire book were found at http://www.orthodoxia.org/music/galic.htm, but the following pages were missing from that collection: 1, 24, 25, 26, 82, 83, 119, 120, 121, 155, 156 and 157. I am grateful to Stephen Reynolds for supplying me with photocopies of the missing pages in order to complete the book. Please note that the quality of the original scans (as I received them) is quite low in resolution; the PDF file is suitable for reading on one's computer screen, but will not provide satisfactory printed copies.

Nikita Simmons, June 2004