Kassianí: Christmas Vespers

SKU: ISBN 979-8-9859306-2-7 || 4085.700.458
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Cappella Romana Publishing is proud to present the Christmas music of another time and place!

Kassianí: Christmas Vespers collects the hymns for the Nativity of Christ by Kassianí, the ninth century Constantinopolitan nun who is the oldest woman composer for whom we have music. This high quality performing edition presents these medieval compositions in both modern Byzantine notation as well as staff notation on facing pages, making this music accessible to today’s musicians everywhere.

Kassianí: Christmas Vespers includes:

  • Transcriptions from medieval manuscripts into modern neumes by renowned Byzantine musicologist Ioannis Arvanitis
  • Staff notation scores, Roman transliteration of the Greek, performance practice and historical notes, bibliography, and diction guide by Cappella Romana Founder and Music Director Alexander Lingas
  • Clean, digital typesetting of scores for easy reading
  • 8.5”x11” saddle-stitched format for convenient handling in performance
  • 60 Pages
  • Full Color Printing

In 2019, UNESCO recognized Byzantine chant as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This elegant performing edition is a perfect entry point for ensembles, solo performers, and researchers beginning to explore the Byzantine repertoire, libraries expanding their collections of Byzantine materials, and a must-have for modern cantors learning more about the tradition’s development.

Recorded on Hymns of Kassianí (CR 422).