Melodies for Prokeimena and Alleluia

The prostopinije tradition provides eight different melodies for singing prokeimena, one in each tone. These melodies are also used for singing the Alleluia at the Divine Liturgy.

These melodies are more elaborate than the melodies for troparia and kontakia, and may be set set slightly differently for each text.

The psalm verse(s) with each prokeimenon are normally chanted to the usual psalm tone, on do - except in Tone 6, when the minor psalm tone on la should be used instead.

  Prokeimenon melody and Alleluia,
showing the pitch for the chanted psalm verse
Examples, with recordings
Tone 1




examples
Tone 2





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Tone 3





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Tone 4



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Tone 5




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Tone 6




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Tone 7




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Tone 8




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