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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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Ly032b

Milost' mira na Liturgii Vasiliia Velikogo

A mercy of peace, for the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

S. Op. 21b

[Russian Greek Chant]

TTBB(div)

V. Grosse #A. 50 K. n.d.

First printed edition

Originally for SATB, see S. Op. 21 (Ly032)

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Ly032b

Ly032

Milost' mira na Liturgii Vasiliia Velikogo

A mercy of peace, for the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

S. Op. 21

[Russian Greek Chant]

SAT(div)B(div)

#L.21 1892

First printed edition

Defective original. Arr. for TTBB by the composer, see S. Op. 21b (Ly032b)

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Ly032

Ly059b

Na rekakh vavilonskikh

By the waters of Babylon

S. Op. 38b

Kievan Chant

Psalm at Matins on Sundays before Great Lent

Ps. 136[137]

TTBB

#A.13 K. n.d.

First printed edition

Originally for SATB, see S. Op. 38 (Ly059)

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Ly059b

Ly059

Na rekakh vavilonskikh

By the waters of Babylon

S. Op. 38

Kievan Chant

Psalm at Matins on Sundays before Great Lent

Ps. 136[137]

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

#A.14 K. n.d.

First printed edition

Arr. for TTBB by the composer, see S. Op. 38b (Ly059b)

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Ly059

Ne izvestno

Title not known

First printed edition

Not found

Ly083

Ly015

Nyne otpushchaeshi [No. 1]

Lord, now lettest Thou

S. Op. 8

Song of St. Symeon

Luke 2:29-32

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

#L.8 1887

First printed edition

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Ly015

Ly057

Nyne otpushchaeshi [No. 2]

Lord, now lettest Thou [No. 2]

S. Op. 36

Kievan Chant

Song of St. Symeon

Luke 2:29-32

SATB

#36 n.d.

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly057

Ly017b

Nyne sily nebesnyia [No. 1]

Now the powers of heaven

S. Op. 10b

Cherubic Hymn from Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts

TTBB

#L.10 1887

First printed edition

Defective original. Originally for SATB, see S. Op. 10 (Ly017)

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Ly017b

Ly017

Nyne sily nebesnyia [No. 1]

Now the powers of heaven

S. Op. 10

Cherubic Hymn from Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts

SA(div)TB(div)

#L.10 1887

First printed edition

Arr. for TTBB by the composer, see S. Op. 10b (Ly017b)

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Ly017

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    MR Ly017

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    MR Ly017

Ly033

O Tebe raduetsia

All creation rejoices in you

S. Op. 22

[Russian Greek Chant]

Hymn to the Mother of God for the Liturgy of St. Basil

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

#L.22 n.d.

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly033