However, the polyphonic compositions prove Manuel Gazis, the composer of the
, to be a composer with an extensive practice and experience in his style. This style, based on a harmonic consonance of two melodies (totally unusual in Byzantine music) presents the following
- Chords of fifths and diminished fifths are used extensively as well as fourths and augmented fourths, major and minor thirds, octaves and one major sixth.
- The harmonic progression is mostly by parallel fifths and, in a lesser degree, by parallel fourths and octaves and unison.
- Contrary motion combined with crossing of parts often starts from the voices in unison on B.
- Cadences occur mostly on the tonics of the modes, i.e. on G and D, and more rarely on
d in unison or an octave apart and on G in unison.
- The contrapuntal writing allows each voice to maintain the characteristics of the mode it belongs to.