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Cappella Romana Presents: The Fall of Constantinople

Friday, 29 August, 2014 — 8:00pm: St. Joseph’s Parish

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This Labor Day weekend (August 29-30), just before its European tour, Cappella Romana presents “The Fall of Constantinople” in Seattle and Portland. This celebrated program explores the musical legacy of the ancient civilization of Byzantium. Majestic ceremonies for the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, triumphant assertions of superiority by Westerners, and fervent prayers for the healing of political and religious divisions are followed by two poignant laments for the Fall of Constantinople. The first is by Manuel Chrysaphes, the last imperial cantor at Hagia Sophia, and the second by Guillaume DuFay, the 15th century’s most important composer in the West.

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CDs of the program, called “a captivating recital” by Gramophone Magazine, are available from cappellaromana.org and amazon.com, or for purchase at the concerts.

Following performances in Seattle and Portland, Cappella Romana will travel to the Netherlands to perform “The Fall of Constantinople” at the Utrecht Early Music Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The invitation to Utrecht came after scouts heard Cappella Romana’s sold-out performance in Regensburg, Germany in 2013.


The Fall of Constantinople

Hierarchical Entrance Rite for a Byzantine Divine Liturgy at Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, c. 1453
Guillaume DuFay (1397-1474): Motets, including Ecclesiae militantis, Apostolo glorioso, Vasilissa ergo gaude, Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae
Manuel Chrysaphes (fl. 1440-1463): Lament for the Fall of Constantinople

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