Mixed Chorus

Receive the Body of Christ

This is one of my own compositions dating from sometime around 2004 or so. Certain Ukrainians have told me it sounds Ukrainian.

Many thanks to Kevin Lawrence for editorial advice.

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.

Rimsky-Korsakov Cherubic Hymn № 6 (in Slavonic)

In addition to his symphonic, operatic and piano work, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov also composed and arranged a fair bit of church music. His primary contribution to this genre is his collection of hymns appointed to be sung during clergy communion for all the days of the year. Most of these were based directly on chant motifs from the synodal chant-books. He also free-composed several cherubic hymns, one of which is presented here in its original language.

The Wise Thief – Kievan Chant

The default setting of the Exaposteilarion of Great and Holy Friday for those in the Russian tradition seems to be one of the Kievan chant settings, so why am I adding my voice to the din? Well, for years I have thought about composing a full-choir companion setting to my own treble-trio version. Then a couple weeks ago I realized that in fact the Kievan chant setting would work just fine with it.

“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.