Putna Colloquia, 24th Edition

On September 3–4, 2020, “Stephen the Great” Research and Documentation Centre organized the 24th edition of the international history symposium Putna Colloquia. It was the first edition to include a Musicology section. The proceedings were held online, coordinated from the conference hall of Putna Monastery’s “Metropolitan Jacob of Putna” Cultural Centre. This setup enabled international participation. A commemoration service was first officiated for the material, spiritual and cultural founders of the Putna Monastery. Archimandrite Melchisedec Velnic, abbot of the monastery, blessed the proceedings, spoke of the monastery founders and evoked historians who were constant participants in the colloquia editions over the years: Șerban Papacostea, Paraschiva Victoria Batariuc and Dumitru Nastase. A commemoration service was officiated at Dumitru Nastase’s grave in the old cemetery of the monastery.


Archimandrite Melchisedec Velnicinaugurated the Putna Colloquia by reading a message from their scientific coordinator, historian Ștefan S. Gorovei. The first history session followed. The second session was dedicated to Musicology and entitled “Transcription Problems of Middle Byzantine Notation: Old and New Approaches of Chanting in the Putna Antologia”. Friday, September 4, saw two sessions of history presentations and the colloquia concluded with a roundtable on “Exegeses and Transcriptions of Byzantine Music”, dedicated to practical transcription methods and approaches for some chants in the Putna Antologia.


At the end of the proceedings, Archimandrite Melchisedec Velnic, abbot of Putna Monastery, thanked the participants for their contribution and Ștefan S. Gorovei, scientific coordinator of the history session, appreciated the quality of the presentations to be published in the Annals of Putna scientific journal.


Please read at this address the full list of papers presented at this edition of the Putna Colloquia.