Syrian Orthodox Church: Tradition of Tur


The Syrian Orthodox Church (referred to as the Syriac Orthodox Church in English-speaking countries since 2000) is one of the oldest Christian churches of the Middle East according to ethnomusicologist Christian Poche. Tur Abdin, presented here by priests and monks from eastern Turkey, is one of three traditions of Syrian chant that remain in practice, along with Mardin and Tagrit. The ecclesiastical music is largely vocal and consists of improvised prayers and praises to God, built upon eight m