Lykourgos Angelopoulos (Greek: Λυκούργος Αγγελόπουλος) is a Greek singer. He was born in 1941 in Pyrgos, Peloponnese. He is professor at the School of Byzantine Chant at the Conservatory of Athens, the founder and director of the Greek Byzantine Choir and an Archon Protopsaltes (lead protopsaltes) of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Lykourgos A. Angelopoulos was born in Pyrgos in the Peloponnese, in 1941. He studied Byzantine music at the School of National Music, under the tutelage of the great musician and musicologist, Simon Karas, and Law at the University of Athens. He has been the protopsaltes (first cantor) at the Church of Saint Irene in Athens (first Cathedral). He is the founder and director of the Greek Byzantine Choir and professor of Byzantine Music at the Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory and at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. He is the director of the Children's Byzantine Choir of the Archdiocese of Athens since its foundation and the director of the School of Byzantine Music at the Diocese of Elis.
Lykourgos Angelopoulos has published his own editions according to the re-introduction of signs taken from Late Byzantine notation. Simon Karas translated them within the rhythmic context of Neo-Byzantine notation as ornaments. Concerning performance practice, the choir follows Karas' innovations and his interpretation of the Byzantine modes, due to Lykourgos Angelopoulos' use of the "extended" neumatic notation in his own hand-written chant editions. In a contribution to a musicological conference at Delphi (1986), Lykourgos Angelopoulos explained his attitude to the living tradition and to the New Method in general, and editions based on Simon Karas' Method in particular.
He has collaborated with the Athens Radio Broadcast on programs related to Byzantine Music and has performed contemporary music composed by M. Adamis, D. Terzakis and K. Sfetsas. He is a member of the research team headed by Marcel Pérès in France, which studies the old Western chants and their relationship to the Byzantine ones. He has performed Byzantine, Old Roman, Ambrosian and other traditions of Western plainchant in recordings with the Ensemble Organum in France.
In 1994 Lykourgos Angelopoulos was honored by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I with the Patriarchal offikion and was named Archon Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople. He has also been honored by Diodoros, Patriarch of Jerusalem, by the Orthodox Church of Finland and by the Diocese of Patras in Greece.
Influence on the living tradition
Lykourgos has especially influenced Georgios Konstantinou, who proposed a notation for microtonal shifts (melodic attraction) and notated details, which had previously been part of oral tradition. The advantage of the oral tradition is that only those singers who had been introduced by their masters, followed a certain local tradition. The Balkans and the Orient are still rich of these local traditions. Lykourgos Angelopoulos is well known for his international collaborations, e.g. with Divna Ljubojević, and as a charismatic singer who has a large following. He has faced strong opposition among psaltes who belong to these local traditions.
- The manual by Georgios Konstantinou (1997) was supposed to explain the signs, used in Angelopoulos' editions, to his students.
- In a video of Petros Peloponnesios' short version (Doxastarion syntomon) of the Doxastikon oktaechon Θεαρχίῳ νεύματι, we can follow his choir with Angelopoulos' edition using Karas' extended neume notation.
- See Angelopoulos' contribution to the Delphi conference (1986).
- See the examples in his manual (1997).
- The discussion of Karas' extended notation and Georgios Michalakis' polemics, who has a point of view influenced by Iakovos Nafpliotis and the Old Patriarchal School, might serve as two examples of the controversy surrounding Simon Karas' Method.
- Angelopoulos, Lykourgos (1986). Terzopoulos, Konstantinos, ed. "The Importance of Simon Karas’ Research and Teaching Regarding the Taxonomy and Transcription of the Effect of the Signs of Cheironomy: Oral Interpretation of the Written Interpretation". Translation of Angelopoulos' contribution at the Delphi Musicological Conference, 4–7 September 1986. Psaltiki Journal. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Angelopoulos, Lykourgos (12 November 2000). "Η τεχνική του ισοκρατήματος στη νεώτερη μουσική πραξή". Athens: Lykourgos Angelopoulos. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Konstantinou, Georgios N. (1997). Θεωρία καί Πράξη τῆς Ἐκκλησιαστικῆς Μουσικῆς. Athens: Nektarios D. Panagopoulos.
- Petros Peloponnesios. "Doxastikon oktaechon Θεαρχίῳ νεύματι, echos protos". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Koukouzeles, John. "Polyeleos-Psalm (kalophonic setting of Ps. 2:2) Τότε λαλήσει προς αυτούς εν οργή Αυτού [Then He shall speak to them in His anger], echos plagios tetartos". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Chourmouzios Chartophylakos. "Kratema, echos tritos". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Homage for Lykourgos Angelopoulos". musicale. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Ελληνική Βυζαντινή Χορωδία (ΕΛΒΥΧ) / The Greek Byzantine Choir". Analogion. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Mille, Olivier; Colosimo, Jean-François (1999). "Extract from the French Documentary "Le Silence des anges - Terres et voix de l'Orient orthodoxe"". France, Belgique. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Angelopoulos, Lykourgos; Alexander Lingas (translator) (2008). "Organizing a Byzantine Choir (90 min)". Second Symposium on Byzantine Music Education (2008). Axion Estin Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
Controversies about the Karas School
- "Σχολή Σίμωνος Καρά / Simon Karas' school". Analogion. Retrieved 3 February 2013.—"Analogion Page about Karas School commented by Georgios Michalakis with further links". Georgios K. Michalakis. Retrieved 3 February 2013.; see also his excerpts of Angelopoulos' paper in 2002.
- "Η σημειογραφία του Σίμωνος Καρά Κριτική θεώρηση / The Notation of Simon Karas: An Evaluation". Retrieved 23 July 2012.