Glagolitic Alphabet

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Glagolitic Alphabet


one of two early Slavic alphabets.

The Glagolitic alphabet coincides almost completely with the second Slavic alphabet (the Cyrillic) in composition and arrangement, as well as in phonetic denotation and names of the letters, but it differs sharply in the forms of the symbols themselves. It is possible to determine only approximately the appearance of the earliest Glagolitic writing, since the oldest surviving documents are products of the end of the tenth century (such as the Kiev Sheets and the Zograf Gospel).

In contrast to the Cyrillic alphabet, from which the Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, and other systems of writing arose, the Glagolitic alphabet did not exist for long and was confined to usage primarily among southwestern Slavs, such as those of Croatia and Dalmatia.

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It did contain theword Glagolithic, apparently some useless, ancient Serbo-Croat alphabet invented by St Cyril.
His efforts to found an organ school in Brno, which he directed until its transformation into the Brno Conservatory in 1919, continued his professional association with what he once referred to as "the most godlike of instruments" (Paul Wingfield, Janacek: Glagolithic Mass [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992], 12).
In order to expand this volume of the Janacek Critical Edition to its modest dimensions, the editors have surrounded the two aforementioned pieces with, on one side, three works rescued from Janacek's student days at the Prague Organ School, and, on the other, the organ voluntary from the Glagolithic Mass.