Resources in English for beginners of Byzantine chant


Παλαιό Μέλος
The orthographical error check, which is included in the BZQ program,
has now been completed for the Rules 1-106.
The newest beta version can be downloaded from the following link:


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As a number of forum members have asked for more information
on the BZQ Parallagi program, the following brief table has been compiled:

BZQ Features (Alphabetically):
(& tools for all levels: Beginners to Researchers & Composers)

Beats per minute. 30 - 300.
Coded text. Free format, includes comments.
Diesis, yfesis (sharp,flat) of any number, integer or decimal.
Installing. Not needed. Portable. Can be executed from on USB stick.
Intervals. Any integer or decimal numbers.
Intervals. Fractions of any numbers.
Isokratima. Adjustable volume.
Isokratima. Check, appraisal by the Helmholtz diagram
Isokratima. Lower ga to Upper Di.
Language. Greek and English
Octave. Any number e.g. 12 to 1200 (cents)
Operating system. Linux via VmWare or WINE.
Operating system. Mac via Vmware.
Operating system. Windows
Orthographical Check for 106 rules.
Parallagi (solfege) from MK files
Parallagi (solfege) from Pandouris files
Parallagi (solfege) from typed bzq code text
Parallagi (solfege) with human voice, instruments, combined, choirs.
Portamento. Adjustable.
Price. Free
Quality analysis (e.g. for Petasti, etc)
Quality analysis. Adjusting.
Reverb. Assumed wall distance 0 9 metres.
Scales. 35 are embedded. (March 2015)
Scales. Creating and saving any number of them.
Sound file. A wav file is created.
Statistics of intervals in a melody.
Style. 4 categories (March 2015)
Tonality -42 to +42 parts (moria) of a 72 Octave
Tonality. Calculation of optimal.
Transpose. Note and/or scale.
Voice. Human, individuals or choirs.
Voice. Maximum future number is unlimited.
Voice. Midi, synthetic, of absolute accuracy in pitch.
Volume of part (e.g. SOFTLY) adjustable 0 to 9.

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New Style No.5 in the free BZQ program (completed end 2018).

With the latest Version 19.1 of BZQ, a new Style (number 5) is included with the following features:

- A more detailed, elaborate and realistic analysis of Quality characters (e.g. Petasti,Flutter), not an approximation by kentimata
but by combining specific Vibrato waves in the voice, so as to simulate an average or typical realistic quality.
Sources of recorded data include the recent spectral analysis of the Communion hymn "Gefsasthe kai idete" (*) as interpreted by 5
famous or popular chanters. Unfortunately the post of that analysis was lost in this forum due to the recent server problems. It
can now be found in the BZQ web site, underὓφος/ (with self-explanatory diagrams and Greek text).

- Style 5 (like the older styles 1,2,3,4) can be calibrated for best results through the Quality Intensity number.
Depending on the individual score and the voice selected, you may want to use a reasonable number like 4, 5 or 6 so as to avoid
on the one hand a dissonance due to a high intensity, and on the other hand flatness due to a very small (negligible) intensity.
This new Style 5 may be refined in the future.


Example of Style 5:
Cherubic Hymn, Mode 1, by Fokaefs: and

Needless to add, I shall be glad to receive any comments, or suggestions on improvement or even proposals for other Styles to be
included if you can provide comprehensive recordings.

Greek post:Δωρεάν-πρόγραμμα-bzq-διά-windows.24872/page-2

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Recommended BZQ Settings ( Version 19.1):

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