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Fr. Abel, CMI sings model melodies in Syriac and Malayalam. Kalabhavan 1997.

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AP 11 - Fr. Abel, CMI sings model melodies in Syriac and Malayalam. Kalabhavan 1997.
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AP 11

Part Number Part I - Syro Malabar Church
Title Fr. Abel, CMI sings model melodies in Syriac and Malayalam. Kalabhavan 1997.
Duration 53:44
Place of Recording Kalabhavan Studio
Date of Recording Dec 1997.
Youtube URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKFUdi8_G1k
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AP 11.1 to 11.26

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Here is a sound testimony to a glorious past in the history of the Syro Malabar Church. Fr. Abel, who played a significant role in the transition of the Syriac liturgy into Malayalam, in the 1960s, sings the model melodies he chose for the liturgy of the Hours in Malayalam. Fr. Abel recorded these melodies in his own voice at my request. I wanted to study these melodies for my doctoral dissertation at the City University of New York (2005). Transcription of these model melodies is part of Chapter six in my doctoral dissertation. In this recording, we can hear his singing voice as well as is speaking voice in the Introduction. Fr. Abel transcribed the chant texts in Malayalam script. He also wrote a personal letter to me with his comments on the chants. We have posted the manuscript and the letter in the Resources of Researchers section on the web site of www.thecmsindia.org. See my note on 008-167. This recording and the manuscript are first-class relics from the past. They are unique treasures of the Syro Malabar Church and a great resource for researchers.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
11 March 2020

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