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Not an expert, but "Savior of the Nations Come", I would think is surely in the top 10 of the oldest surviving hymns. St. Ambrose of Milan wrote this hymn in Latin ("Veni, Redemptor gentium") in the fourth century. In 1523, Martin Luther translated this text into German. Because of Martin Luther's influence and translation work, this hymn is probably one of ...


Byzantine Modes What does each individual mode convey? What are the goals of expression? First, I have to explain one small part of the music. Modes 1-4 in Byzantine music, are each a unique scale, while modes 5-8 are a derivation of such, being called Plagal modes. Most often the modes are called 1st-4th mode, and then Plagal First mode, Plagal Second ...

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