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'''Idiomelon''' ([[w:Greek language|Greek]]: ''idio'', "unique" + ''melon'', "melody"; [[Church Slavonic]]: ''samoglasen'')—pl. ''idiomela''—is a [[sticheron]] which originally had it's own tune, and did not follow that of any other.<ref>Fr. Laurence (Campbell), ed., ''The Unabbreviated Horologion or Book of the Hours'', 2nd Ed. (Brick, NJ:Yes Press, 1995), p 328.</ref>
An idiomelon is assigned to one of the [[w:eight tones|eight tones]] of [[Byzantine chant]], is not patterned on any other [[hymn]] in terms of [[w:Meter (hymn)|meter]], content, or melody, and does not serve as a model or pattern for other hymns of the same textual category. These include, for example, stichera of the Resurrection, stichera of Great Feasts, etc. It melodically follows the schema of the tone and yet is usually eccentric in its metre. <ref>Nikita Simmons, [ ''The Three Classes of Melodic Forms for Stichera'' - Idiomelon], 2002</ref>

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