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Program: #07-43, Air Date: 10/15/07

The first of two programs from the brilliant Portland, Oregon ensemble that explores music of the ancient Orthodox church--this program gives us eastern and western laments on the fall in 1453 of the 1000-year-old empire at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the release The Fall of Constantinople featuring the Cappella Romana. For more information on this label, including past recordings and history, you may visit their web site at:

www.cappellaromana.org

The Fall of Constantinople (Capella Romana CD CR402).

Cappella Romana explores the musical legacy of the ancient civilization of Byzantium--caught between Latin West and Islamic East--with majestic ceremonies for the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, triumphant assertions of superiority by Westerners, and fervent prayers for the healing of religious divisions. Fabled Byzantium ended with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks on 29 May 1453, inspiring the two poignant laments sung here that give Greek and Latin perspectives on the end of a 1,000-year-old empire.

--Anon. c. 1450: Hierarchical Entrance Rite for a Byzantine Divine Liturgy:
Introit for Sundays
Hymn of the Resurrection (Mode I)
Imperial Acclamations for Constantine XI Paleologos (1449-53)
Glory
Kontakion of the Mother of God (Mode Plagal 4)
Hierarchichal Trisagion
MANUEL CHRYSAPHES the LAMPADARIOS (fl.1440-63): Dynamis

--GUILLAUME DUFAY (1397-1474): Vasilissa ergo gaude ("Empress, therefore rejoice").

--MANUEL GAZES the LAMPADARIOS (early 15th c.): Hymn for Great Compline

--GUILLAUME DUFAY: Apostolo glorioso ("Glorious Apostle, chosen by God to preach to the Greek people")

--Anon. (Latin chant from Byzantine notation): Kyrie Cunctipotens genitor

--GUILLAUME DUFAY: Ecclesiae militantis ("Let Rome, seat of the Church militant").

--JOHN PLOUSIADENOS (?1429-1500): Canon in Honor of Thomas Aquinas; Communion Verse;
Canon for the Council of Florence

--MANUEL CHRYSAPHES the LAMPADARIOS: Lament for the Fall of Constantinople

--GUILLAUME DUFAY: Lamentatio Sancta Maria Ecclesia Constantinopolitana ("Oh God, the heathen have come
into Your inheritance, they have defiled Your holy temple, O Lord").

Composer Info

MANUEL CHRYSAPHES the LAMPADARIOS (fl.1440-63), GUILLAUME DUFAY (1397-1474), MANUEL GAZES the LAMPADARIOS (early 15th c.), JOHN PLOUSIADENOS (?1429-1500),

CD Info

Capella Romana CD CR402,