Lilit Harutyunyan is a musicologist-medievalist, a researcher at the Komitas Museum-Institute and at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Head of the Bibliography, Recording and Digitization Department at the Music Library. Harutyunyan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Department of Musicology of the Komitas State Conservatory. She undertook her postgraduate studies at the same conservatory under the supervision of Mher Navoyan. She defended her dissertation thesis on the Eight-Mode System in the Mekhitarist Chant of Armenian Sacred Music in 2018 at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA. Harutyunyan’s research focuses on the study of Armenian folk and sacred music.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARMENIAN MEKHITARIST CHANT: TRANSCRIBED MATERIALS AND ORAL TRADITION
After centuries of being passed on by oral tradition, the Mekhitarist traditional chanting was transcribed by Fr. Ghevond Tayian in the middle of the XX century. With the seven volumes of this Šaraknocʽ (Hymnary), the greater part of canonic šarakans (Hymns) have reached us, as well as some newly composed šarakans, which are specific for the region. Nevertheless, in practice we see that sacred music, even after being transcribed, continues being passed on via oral tradition. In my presentation, I present a comparison of the Šaraknocʽ materials and the contemporary performances of spiritual music.