- Virko Baley
City in Ukraine. It is the historical, cultural and spiritual capital of Ukraine. The conversion of Ukraine to Christianity (988) brought the acceptance of the Byzantine rite, and with that came Byzantine sacred music via the Greeks and the Bulgarians. By the second half of the 11th century, the Kievan Monastery of the Caves had become the centre for religious music in Ukraine and had developed an original style based on Byzantine traditions and local folk music. This employed two types of non-linear motation for its monophonic singing, ...