Prostopinije by Bokshai and Malinich

The Standard Teaching Text for Rusyn Chant

Published in Uzhorod in 1906

For the Carpatho-Rusyn chant tradition this is the basic collection of melodies. This is not the only version for the repetoire nor does it represent a complete version (as noted below with the missing Samohalsen tone 4 as one example). But the Prostopinje has become the standard textbook for teaching the chant system since this publication.

The book is in Cyrillic Church Slavonic in standard western music notation single voice. The following downloads are PDF files of the entire publication. The first file is the complete book but a large download. The rest are the book broken up into two-megabyte or less files. The scans were created as part of the Podoben list project on Yahoo groups which were decommissioned by Yahoo and removed from their site.

Also included here is the missing tone four samohalsen music and a commentary on tone four by Dr. Stephen Reynolds. For some reason the prostopinije omits this tone. Here is the music and this is the commentary.

Prostopinije Full Download 10 Megs
Complete PDF of the entire book
Prostopinije Introduction
The title pages and contents.
Prostopinije Section I
The eight tones.
Prostopinije Section II-III
Section II is matins and section III is vespers.
Prostopinije Section IV-V
Section IV covers the Great Fast through Pascha and section V is the Pentecostarion.
Prostopinije Section VI
The fixed feast days.
Prostopinije Section VII
funerals, marriage and other special services.
Prostopinije Section VIII
Divine liturgy of St. John, Basil and Presanctified Gifts.

Bibliographic Information

Bokshai, Ioann, and Iosephom Malinich. Tserkovnoie prostopiniie. Uzhorod: Eparchy of Mukachevo, 1906.
Hard Cover 9.5″ wide by 12.25″ high. Western music notation in Cyrillic Church Slavonic.

Library of Saint Cyril & Methodius — M 2160.79P94 B63 1906 — Catalog Record

Originally Posted March 22, 2009
Last Revised on December 02, 2010