Delphic Paean by Athenaios Athenaiou

Here is a draft of some performing materials I am developing with Armand D’Angour. This is an experiment – we would welcome feedback from singers and academics. Our idea is to move away from a single solution, a single recording, a single edition. Instead of fixing and controlling, we want to make it easy for others to adapt these performing materials to suit themselves.

Updates and alternative versions will appear from time to time under each heading below.

The words spoken

by Armand D’Angour:

by Stefan Hagel:

The words sung

by Miriam Andersén in Ljubljana, 26 August 2017.  Here we introduced more breathing spaces to help articulate the text and to heighten the drama of Apollo slaying the serpent:

by a mixed chorus in Oxford, 28 July 2017, directed by Tosca Lynch:


Chorus part v. AD 3 (26 September 2017). This has larger lyrics, full word-for-word translation, a revised translation of part 1, and additional rests suggested by Tosca Lynch (bars 71, 113) and Miriam Andersén (bars 92, 98, 108, 112). All other rests were introduced in rehearsals with Geoffrey Webber and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, in February 2017.

Aulos part v. BB2 (20 October 2017). This matches Chorus part v. AD3 above.

DRAFT (7 May 2017) 7.4 MB. This gives much more information and discussion. We are grateful to Stefan Hagel for substantial input which will make the next release much stronger, presenting two solutions rather than one, each supported by transparent arguments. Anticipated release date: Spring 2018.

Editable file formats

Please download the PDFs above first. The editable formats below are unlikely to open correctly on your system. To avoid gobbledegook in your browser, right-click (or ctrl-click) to download the XML files.

Introduction. Texts 1,  4, and 5. Bibliography

DRAFT (7 May 2017): DOCX

Text 6. Chorus only

v. AD2 (8 September 2017): XML | SIB v7
DRAFT (7 May 2017): XML | SIB v7

Text 7. Chorus + blank staff

DRAFT (7 May 2017): XML | SIB v7

Text 8. Chorus + aulos

DRAFT (7 May 2017): XML | SIB v7. This Louvre aulos accompaniment introduces paphlagmata from pibroch – the development process is documented at

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