This website is dedicated to the memory, life and work of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Archdiocese of Constantinople and Most Learned Teacher of Byzantine Music Lycourgos Angelopoulos.
Κυρ Angelopoulos was born on Pyrgos, 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 was the Protopsaltis (first cantor) at the Church of Saint Irene in Athens (first Cathedral). He was the founder and director of the Greek Byzantine Choir and professor of Byzantine Music at the Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory and at the Philippine Kakas Conservatory in Athens. He was 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.
Lycourgos Angelopoulos had 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' interpretations of the the Byzantine modes, due to Κυρ Angelopoulos' use of the "extended" neumatic notation in his own hand written chant editions. In a contribution to a musicological conference at Delphi (1986), Lycourgos 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 died at the age of 73 on 18 May, 2014.
Lycourgos Angelopoulos live and prolific and productive work serves as a inspiration and impetus for my own work, both in the Cathedral parish and at large.
May the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.