Ave Sancte Ylarion / Hail Saint Hilarion!

Between the xiith and the xvth century, the Lusignan dynasty ruled over the island of Cyprus and some of the most famous French and Flemish composers were employed at the Franco-cypriot court. Musical activity was then flourishing and the unique surviving witness of this adventure is the compilation found in a manuscript named J.II.9 held in the national library of Torino, Italy. Dating from about 1415, this document is exceptional both for the quantity and the quality of the music it contains. The programme Ave Sancte Ylarion is a journey through the sacred music found in Torino J.II.9, alternating plainchant and polyphony.


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