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Shvedoff, Constantine

Constantineshvedoff

Constantine Nikolayevich Shvedoff (b. 1886, Moscow; d. 1954, USA) was one of the younger members of the New Russian Choral School that formed around the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a graduate of the Synodal School, Shvedoff had observed and experienced first-hand the renaissance of Russian Orthodox church music in a national style, promulgated the famous “triumvirate” of the Synodal School: Stepan Smolensky (1848–1909), the School’s director from 1889 to 1901; Alexander Kastalsky (1856–1926), whose works were the first to embody this style in the most salient fashion; and Vasily Orlov (1856-1907), the director of the Synodal Choir under whole talented leadership many works were premiered. In his own compositions, Shvedov strived to add to the rich creative output of sacred choral works produced by his contemporaries, among whom were Pavel Chesnokov, Alexander Gretchaninoff, Alexander Nikolsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. His works range from austere chant harmonizations in two and three parts, in which the folk-song element prevails, to more innovative opuses, such as his sacred concerto “Blago yest ispovedatisia” (It is good to give thanks),which combines fugal writing (a device rarely used by Russian church composers), the rich harmonic style of the Russian choral school, and a touch of chromatic “orientalism” found in the secular works of the Mighty Five. After the 1917 Revolution, Shvedoff obtained a position as choirmaster and condutor at the music studio of the Moscow Art Theater. In the early 1920s, during a tour to Europe and the United States, he decided not to return to the Soviet Union. After 1925, he lived in the US, where he directed a church choir and continued to write choral works, including a number of arrangements for the famous Don Cossack Choir, directed by fellow Synodal School alumnus, Serge Jaroff.

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Sh009

Blago est' ispovedatisia Gospodevi

It is good to give thanks to the Lord

S. Op.9

Sacred concerto

S(div)AT(div)B(div)

PJu #34318 n.d.

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Sh007

Blazheni, iazhe izbral

Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen

S. Op.7

Communion Hymn for the Departed

Ps. 64[65]:5; 101[102]:13

S(div)AT(div)B(div)

PJu #34316 n.d.

First printed edition

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Sh031 source

Da ispolniatsia usta nasha

Let our mouths be filled

N. O. N.

SAT(div)B(div)

P. Ju. #38291 [1917]

First printed edition

Defective original

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Sh031

Sh001

Dogmatik 3-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Third Tone

S. Op.1

Znamenny Chant

Kako ne divimsia

TB

PJu #34309 n.d.

First printed edition

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Dogmatik 2-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Second Tone

S. Op.2

Znamenny Chant

Preide sen' zakonnaia

TTB

PJu #34310 n.d.

First printed edition

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Dogmatik 5-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Fifth Tone

S. Op.3

Znamenny Chant

V Chermnem mori

TTB

PJu #34311 n.d.

First printed edition

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Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

S. Op.14

Hymn to the Mother of God

S(div)AT(div)B(div)

PJu #35393 n.d.

First printed edition

Defective original

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Kheruvimskaia pesn'

Cherubic Hymn

S. Op.13

Izhe kheruvimy

S(div)AT(div)B(div)

PJu #35392 n.d.

First printed edition

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Sh017 029

Liturgiia Sv. Ioanna Zlatoustago [No. 1]

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

N.O.N.

PJu #36676-88 n.d.

First printed edition

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No. 1 - Velikaia ekteniia

The Great Litany

N. O. N.

S(div)AT(div)B

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No. 2 - Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda

Bless the Lord, O my soul

N. O. N.

SATB

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No. 3 - Slava... Edinorodnyi Syne

N. O. N.

SAT(div)B(div)

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No. 4 - Priidite poklonimsia

Come, let us worship

N. O. N.

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No. 5 - Gospodi, spasi... Sviatyi Bozhe

O Lord, save... Holy God

N. O. N.

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No. 6 - Slava Tebe, Gospodi i Sugubaia ekteniia

N. O. N.

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No. 7 - Kheruvimskaia pesn'

Cherubic Hymn

N. O. N.

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No. 8 - Simvol very

The Creed

N. O. N.

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No. 9 - Milost' mira

A mercy of peace

N. O. N.

SATB(div)

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No. 10 - Tebe poem

We hymn Thee

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No. 11 - Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

N. O. N.

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No. 12 - Otche nash

Our Father

N. O. N.

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Sh029

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No. 13 - Khvalite Gospoda s nebes

Praise the Lord from the heavens

N. O. N.

SA(div)T(div)B(div)

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Milost' mira

A mercy of peace

S. Op.4

S(div)AT(div)B

PJu #34313 n.d.

First printed edition

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