KASSIAN CHORAL SERIES

Introducing a new choral series highlighting the writing of women composers. This series will include original compositions and arrangements and will cover different genres and styles and different voicings - some will be accompanied and others will be a cappella.

The series is named after Kassia (also known as Kassiani) who was a ninth-century abbess, poet, composer and hymnographer, born in Constantinople around 810 AD. She was born into a wealthy family and grew to be very beautiful and intelligent. Kassia is notable for writing in her own name and is one of the earliest medieval female composers whose music has survived to the present day. Around 50 of her hymns exist, along with a wealth of verse and epigrams. The most famous of her compositions is the eponymous Hymn of Kassia.

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