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Lvovsky, Grigory

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LVOVSKY, Grigory Fyodorovich (b. 1830, Kishinev, Moldavia; d. 1894, St. Petersburg) — educated at Kishinev Theological Seminary, where he conducted the seminary choir and the local cathedral choir. Sent to St. Petersburg to further his musical studies, particularly in violin, for which he had a special gift, Lvovsky received the precentors’ diploma of the Imperial Court Chapel. After returning to Kishinev for three years, he was summoned in 1856 to St. Petersburg to assume the post of precentor at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, and shortly thereafter, a similar post at St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1858. He occupied these two posts—among the most prestigious in all Russia—until his death. As a composer, Lvovsky studied theory and counterpoint with Nikolai Zaremba, professor of theory at St. Petersburg Conservatory, who also taught Tchaikovsky. Lvovsky was one of the pioneers in the area of chant harmonization: of his 100-plus works for the Orthodox liturgy, most are based on pre-existing chants. He tends to treat the chant strictly, preserving its melody and modal character intact, while surrounding it with contrapuntal lines that result in consonant harmony and frequent Renaissance-style suspensions and cadences.

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Ly024

Arkhangel'skii glas

With the voice of the Archangel

S. Op. 14

[Znamenny Chant]

Magnification for Annunciation

SSA Trio

#L.14 1888

First printed edition

1

Ly024

Ly023

Blazhen muzh [No. 2]

Blessed is the man

S. Op. 13

Kievan Chant

First Antiphon of the First Kathisma

Ps. 1:1,6; 2:11,12; 3:8,9

SATB

V. Grosse #A. 12. K. 1900

First printed edition

3

Ly023

Ly014

Blazheni, iazhe izbral [No. 2]

Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen

S. Op. 7

Communion Verse for the Departed

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

S(div)A(div)T(div)B(div)

PJu #345 1881

First printed edition

4

Ly014

Ly082

Bogorodichen dogmatik 3-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Third Tone

S. Op. 59

Kako ne divimsia

SSA or TTB

#A.32 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

3

Ly082

Ly080

Bogorodichen dogmatik 1-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the First Tone

S. Op. 57

Znamenny Chant

Vsemirnuiu slavu

SSA or TTB

#A.30 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

4

Ly080

Ly081

Bogorodichen dogmatik 2-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Second Tone

S. Op. 58

Znamenny Chant

Preide sen' zakonnaia

SSA or TTB

#A.31 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

2

Ly081

Ly084

Bogorodichen dogmatik 3-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Third Tone

S. Op. 61

Znamenny Chant

Kako ne divimsia

TTBB

#A.34 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

4

Ly084

Ly085

Bogorodichen dogmatik 6-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Sixth Tone

S. Op. 62

Znamenny Chant

Kto Tebe ne ublazhit

TTBB

#A.35 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

4

Ly085

Ly086

Bogorodichen dogmatik 8-go glasa

Theotokion-Dogmatikon in the Eighth Tone

S. Op. 63

Znamenny Chant

Tsar' nebesnyi

TTBB

#A.36 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

4

Ly086

Ly016

Da ispravitsia molitva moia [No. 1]

Let my prayer arise

S. Op. 9

Prokeimenon at Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts

Ps. 140[141]:2-4

SSA Trio and SATB Chorus

#L.9 1887

First printed edition

4

Ly016