Χριστός ἀνέστη! Today is Easter, and I am thinking of my late mother, who was a devout Greek Orthodox and the granddaughter of a notable priest, Rev. Basilios Lambrides. I’m listening to Hymns of Kassiani, a new disc by the Byzantine choir Cappella Romana. This ninth-century abbess, whose Troparion “The Fallen Woman” is sung on Holy Wednesday, is the earliest female composer whose music is still known.

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