Divine Liturgy

“All of Creation Rejoiceth In Thee” - Greek chant for male chorus

In 1893, Stepan Smolensky published an edition of the Divine Liturgy for male choir, including this setting of a traditional chant melody for the hymn “All of creation rejoiceth in thee,” which is sung in honor of the Mother of God at the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great (a service most commonly served on Sundays during Great Lent). It is presented here in an English translation.

Stravinsky’s “Our Father”

Though Igor Stravinsky was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church as an infant, he abandoned religion as a teen, but rediscovered it in his forties in Paris, and remained a committed Orthodox Christian until his death in 1971. After the rediscovery of his childhood faith, he began composing spiritually-themed music to both Latin and Slavonic texts.

“Holy God” by Alexander Yegorov

It’s nearly impossible to find biographical information for Alexander Alexandrovich Yegorov. Born in 1887, he studied under Azeyev, Klenovsky, Liadov and Sokolov at the Court Chapel, then graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1912. Apart from composition, he busied himself with teaching choral and instrumental music in the public schools of St. Petersburg and Mogilev until he was appointed Professor of Music at the Petrograd Conservatory in 1920, where he remained until shortly before his death in 1959.