Friday, April 17, 2015

Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus 10.10.2014

My friend dear friend Merja sent me 6 Fdc's with four definitive stamps on each fdc, honouring Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus. The first four stamps on an FDC and details about them are given below :-
(0.04) Stylianos Hourmouzios. He was born in Omodos in 1850 and died in 1937. Between 1874-1880 he was a leading cantor at Agios Antonios Church in Nicosia and from the beginning of the 19th century up until 1916 he was a cantor in Agia Napa Church in Limassol. Between 1917-1931 he taught Byzantine music at the Pancyprian College of Education. In 1936 the Church of Cyprus awarded him the title of "Lord Cantor". He was a pioneer in creating the movement for studying and spreading Byzantine music. He wrote a number of studies and articles on Ecclesiastical music and published books on teaching Byzantine music. He was also involved in journalism. In 1884 he published the "Trumpet", a weekly newspaper in Limassol. In 1901 he was elected a corresponding member of the Ecclesiastical Musical Society in Constantinople.

(0.04) Theodoulos Kallinikos. He was born in Lefkonikon in 1904 and died in 2004. He came to Nicosia at a very early age and attended lessons in Byzantine music under Stylianos Houmouzios, the renowned music teacher. He studied Byzantine music in Athens and at the National Conservatory, graduating with distinction. Upon his return to Cyprus, he was the leading cantor at Agios Ioannis Church in Nicosia. In 1937 he established the School of Byzantine Church Music, from which hundreds of students graduated, serving as cantors in many parts of Cyprus. He founded the Church Choir. He published many ecclesiastical books and a volume on fold songs of Cyprus, titled "Cypriot Folk Muse". He collected these songs by travelling around all the villages in Cyprus from 1924 and writing them down as he heard them from village elders, thus contributing to maintaining our musical tradition and rescuing a truly priceless cultural treasure. The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus awarded him the honorary title of "Lord Cantor" of the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus and the Academy of Athens honoured him for his work and contribution to Byzantine and Cypriot folk music.

(0.34) Achilleas Lymbourides. He was born in Nicosia in 1917 and died in 2008. He was a pioneer composer of Cypriot folk songs and contributor to he theatre He set music to the lyrics of eminent poets in the Cyprus dialect. With Costas Montis, he established the first professional theatre in Cyprus, known as "To Lyricon" ("The Lyric"), which staged his own productions wit great success. Lymbourides' legacy to Cypriot literature is a number of theatrical plays, in particular genre comedy, which were transferred to television. The melodies set to the lyrics of folk and other Cypriot poets, including his own, represent the folk music of Cyprus in the best possible way. In addition to being a composer, he was also a remarkable writer. In the 70s and 80s he produced Cypriot studies and edited books on the history Cypriot journalism, the British rule in Cyprus and others. He received awards from the Municipality of Nicosia, the University of Cyprus and "Adouloti Kyrenia" for his valuable contributions and in 1998 the Cyprus State bestowed on him the "Award for Excellence in Letters and the Arts".

(0.34) Sozos Tombolis. He was born in Lysi in 1914 and died in 2002. He attended the Pancyprian Seminary in Larnaca and then the Athens National Conservatory. He was subsequently appointed a professor of music (1938-1974) at Secondary schools of education. At the same time he was a leading cantor at Faneromeni Church in Nicosia. He established and managed the Faneromeni quartet, a mixed ecclesiastical choir in the 1980s. He also established an orchestra for string and wind instruments at the Pancyprian Gymnasium and many other choirs for associations and foundations in Nicosia. At the same time he also started researching and studying Cypriot folk music, recording musical rhythms and the melody of our folk songs. He was also interested in the palaeography of Byzantine music. He received an award in 1967 for his book on Cypriot Rhythms and Melodies by the Academy of Athens and in 1995 the Cyprus State bestowed on him the "Award for Excellence in Letters and the Arts".

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