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“It is Truly Meet…” Sung in an American Style

The monks at St. John Monastery in California released this Hymn to the Theotokos a while back sung in an American idiom. They want to see how the Byzantine hymns could be sung in a way true to their musical meaning yet incorporating the tones and cadences that are unique to America and define our cultural legacy (think music scores for Westerns for example).

I think they succeed. It almost sounds like it could be sung around a campfire, yet at the same time it still has the Byzantine feel to it.

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