Constantine Klavvas

Archon Lambadarios of the Great Church of Christ

Constantine Klavvas was born in 1852. In 1888, he was hired in the Patriarchal Church as Second Domestikos. In 1905, he is promoted to First Domestikos and in 1911 to Archon Lambadarios of the Great Church. Unfortunately, in 1916, due to serious illness, he left his position and was granted honorary pension.

Klavvas taught music in the Patriarchal Music School and formed many brilliant students. In 1899, he cooperated with Iakovos Protopsaltes and published in two volumes the Doxastarion of Peter the Peloponnesian.

P. Antonelis in his book «The Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music» portrays him as «one of the most emminent theorititians and the most skilled performers of the sacred melody, a great psalmist of the Church», who was distinguished «for the sweetness of his voice and his most appropriate ecclesiastical character.»