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Coptic Music June 29, 2010

Posted by daniel ayad in History & Tradition, Science.

Music and drawing are the most ancient languages of worship which have led man towards the heavenly atmosphere, and helped him in his fellowship with God. Copts inherited a very ancient musical tradition from their ancestors the Pharoahs.

Is there any scientific depth to Coptic music?

Dr. Raghab Moftah, a Copt of some wealth, who devoted his life and fortune to recording and analysing the Coptic Music, says: [Scientific research has proved that the music of the Coptic Church is the most ancient ecclesiastical music which exists, and it constitutes the oldest school of music which the world now possesses. The Coptic Church owes the preservation of this monumental and priceless heritage of her ecclesiastical music to her conservative nature which she has inherited from ancient times (1).]

Dr. Moftah presented a new trend with his choir at the Institute of Coptic studies in Cairo in which he chanted some pathetic hymns in the inner sanctuary of the Great Temple of Hours at Edfu in the (palace) place reserved for the high priest. The singing was distinctively heard even in the open courtyard which was reserved for the people. The voice was distributed with equal intensity or degree of tone throughout the whole temple. He says, [Indeed, this was a miracle of voice distribution which deserves serious study.]

This link between Coptic music and scientific analysis appears very interesting, and is worthy of further research.

1. Ragheb Moftah: The music of the Coptic Church  


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