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Sense and Sadness: Syriac Chant in Aleppo

Tala Jarjour


Sense and Sadness is a story of the living practice of Syriac chant in Aleppo, Syria. To understand and explain this oral tradition, the book puts forward the concept of the emotional economy of music aesthetics, an economy in which the emotional and the aesthetic interrelate in mutually indicative ways. The book is based on observing chant practice in the Syrian Orthodox Church in contemporary contexts in the Middle East and beyond, while keeping as its nexus of analysis the Edessan chant of St. George’s Church of Hayy al-Suryan and focusing on Passion Week. It examines written sources on the ... More

Keywords: Syria, Hayy al-Suryan in Aleppo, Edessa, Syriac chant, Passion Week, Emotion, Mode and modality, Ealy Christianity, Situationality, Emotional economy of music aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190635251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190635251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tala Jarjour, author