Agni Parthene: Simonopetra Monastery

November 29, 2009

In relation to my recent post on micro-drones, a reader wrote in with this piece. The modal flavor almost has an Old English resonance. I love how slippery the B flats and B naturals are. I listened to some other performances where the bass droners would stay on B flat while the melody sang B natural.

Agni Parthene (Αγνή Παρθένε) is a liturgical hymn composed by St. Nectarios of Aegina, drawn from the Theotokarion (Book of Hymns to the Mother of God). Sometimes performed in Orthodox churches at the beginning of Vespers. [WIkipedia]

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