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Concert in Krakow – BYZANTION Choir

byzantion 11Repertoire

  1. Kondakion O Victorious Leader, mode plagal of 4th, by Ioan Zmeu. The kontakion was composed by the Patriarch Serghios of Constantinople, after the marvelous wonder made by Mother of God, who saved the city from the siege of the avarians and persians. The asma was added to the older Hymn of Akathistos, composed by St. Romanos Melodos (5th – 6th cent.).


  2. Christian Hymn from rubbish dump, Oxyrhynchus(Egypt) dedicated to the Holy Trinity –3rdcentury B.C. This is the first Christian hymn ever known with musical notation. It was written on a papyrus, found in the cesspit of the ancient Hellenic city, among other 2000 papyruses. The musical notation is entirely based on the alphabetical Greek ancient system and was decodified at the beginning of the 20th century by the professor Pellman.

  3. Alleluiaand Psalm 112, in Latin and Greek (fragment), Old Roman chant. This “Old Roman chant” (répertoire “Vieux Roman”) is an ancient tradition of the Church of Rome (starting with the 7th – 8th century until the 13th century), and it was developed in South Italy by the influences of the Greek colonies

  4. Alleluia, O Kyrios evasileusen, Old Roman chant, prokeimenon of the Vespers of the Easter and of the Holy Mess on Monday (Ms. “Latin 5319” from Vatican Library) – after an interpretation of Lykourgos Angelopoulos (Athens) with Marcel Pérès’ choir, “Organum” (Paris).

  5. Bless the Lord, O my soul (Psalm 102), Plagal of 4thmode, athonite tradition, first recorded and written on score by Lykourgos Angelopoulos in 1976.

  6. All body shall not speak, herouvikon hymn on Holy Saturday morning Service, Plagal of 1stmode, by Iakovos, the First Chanter of Great Church of Constantinople (+1800).

  7. Trisaghion Hymn, 2nd mode (in Romanian, Greek and Slavonic), “Dynamis” by Georgios from Crete (+1815).

  8. The Blessings of the Ressurection (fragment), Plagal of 1st, by Petros, Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ from Constantinople († 1777).

  9. Prokeimenon before the Reading of the Apostles, 3rd mode, by Simon Karas.

  10. The Reading of the Apostles during the Divine Liturgy in ekphonetical style (notation from 9th to 15th cent.) and Alleluia, 2nd mode.

  11. Lamentations of the Theotokos, Plagal of 1st and 3rd modes, by the traditional melody.

  12. Doxastikon (Glory to the Father)At a sign of God, on eight modes,during the Vespers of the dormition of the Virgin, by Petros Lampadarios († 1777).

  13. Kratima, 1st mode, by Romanian Anton Pann, 19th century. Kratima is a musical genre without words, only with meaningless syllables like te-ri-re, to-ro-ro, ne-na, ti-ri-ri. They symbolize, like a jubilatio, the pray beyond words of the angels surrounding the Throne of the Trinity




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