Byzantine castrati

@article{Moran2002ByzantineC,
  title={Byzantine castrati},
  author={Neil K. Moran},
  journal={Plainsong and Medieval Music},
  year={2002},
  volume={11},
  pages={99 - 112}
}
  • Neil K. Moran
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Plainsong and Medieval Music
The employment of castrati in the Byzantine Church can be traced back to the choirmaster Brison in the fourth century. Brison was called upon by John Chrysostom to organize the antiphonal hymn-singing in the patriarchal church. Since eunuchs were generally considered to be remnants of a pagan past, castrati are seldom mentioned in early Byzantine sources, but beginning in the tenth century references to eunuchs or castrati became more and more frequent. By the twelfth century all the… Expand
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