A. Klimov’s Cherubic Hymn

I found this setting of the Cherubic Hymn on Boris Tarakanov’s Russian Sacred Music page. Unfortunately, it was a low-quality scan of a very hastily-scribbled manuscript. It had only two dynamic markings which seemed rather arbitrarily chosen, and no tempo markings. Additionally, it had several errors which led to horrible-sounding passages.

I’ve managed to decipher the music enough to make a setting in English. There was one phrase in the second half in which there are many more syllables in Slavonic than in English, so I chose a musical phrase to omit to allow the English to flow freely.

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