Byzantine Hymn: TI IPERMAHO
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Composed by Romanos o Melodos. Arranged by Marilena Zlatanou. Classical. 8 pages. Marilena Zlatanou #929063. Published by Marilena Zlatanou (A0.1343535).

BYZANTINE HYMN: TI IPERMAHO (To the defender army leader) 
arranged for SATB choir and piano
During a siege of Constantinople in the 6th cent., and while the regular army was engaged in fighting elsewhere, the city was attacked by Avars. The women, children and seniors left there fought as best they could, but finally realized that they had to give up. As a last resort, they carried the icon of Panayia (St. Mary, always referred to as all-holy in Greek), alongside the city walls, something that produced an unexpected effect: The besiegers left! For three days the citizens participated in liturgies addressed to Her, in a hymn called AKATHISTOS YMNOS (="Non-sitting Hymn"), where this tropation is central, as it is most actively still used in the Greek Orthodox Church at many other relevant services. The first part is the original, in unison, or sung by a soloist. The piano part and the following choir arrangement are my contribution.
duration: 3'33''

Phonetic transcription in the Latin alphabet is notated right below the original Greek text, English translation, and a key to Greek Pronunciation are provided on the title page. 
The mp3 file provided is exported from the sibelius file.
For more information on the arranger, (member of TONO, the Norwegian copyright org.), please visit website

As a Greek living in Norway for most of my adult life, and in my many years’ work as a conductor of a Norwegian choir specializing in Greek music (!), I have experienced the need to enrich the choir’s repertoire with both folk song- as well as other -arrangements of Greek music: This gave me the opportunity to share with our audiences some of the centuries-long musical heritage, as well as helping me make known to them some of the History behind the music of a country of such international historical influence in the past, and such a tourist magnet in our times.

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