John of Trapezon

Archon Protopsaltes of the Great Church of Christ

John of Trapezon had previously chanted as a Lambadarios together with his teacher. He constructed magnificent heirmologic melodies, canons, katavasias, short and slow lessons.

In 1756, at the command of the patriarch Cyril V, John wrote slow pasapnoaria, polyelei, cherubic and communion hymns, the alleluia, and other compositions, in the Koukkouzelian notation different than the existing, namely simpler, more basic and methodical, which was further expained by his student Peter the Peloponnesian.