I hoped and I still do, First Boston Byzantine Music Festival

En Chordais performing "I hoped and I still do" at the first Boston Byzantine Music Festival, February 24–25, 2014. "I hoped and I still do" by Gregorios Protopsaltis Levitides (1778–1821) is a Phanariot song, music composed and sung by musicians born in and/or living in the Phanar district of Constantinople. Composers of this music combined Turkish/Arabic makams, Byzantine modes, and French verse to create a distinctive genre. Over 420 examples are preserved in post-Byzantine manuscripts. En Chordais is accompanied by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir.