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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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Ly002

1-i psalom 1-i kafizmy. Blazhen muzh

The First Psalm of the First Kathisma. Blessed is the man

S. Op. 2

Ps. 1:1-6

SATB(div)

#L.2 1903

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly002

Ly001b

Psalom prednachinatel'nyi. [Priidite, poklonimsia i] Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda

The Introductory Psalm. [Come, let us worship and] Bless the Lord, O my soul

S. Op. 1b

Russian Greek Chant

The Introductory Psalm at Vigil

Ps. 103[104]:1,6,10,24

TTBB (div)

First printed edition

Originally for SATB, see S. Op. 1 (Ly001)

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Ly001b

Ly001

Psalom prednachinatel'nyi. [Priidite, poklonimsia i] Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda

The Introductory Psalm. [Come, let us worship and] Bless the Lord, O my soul

S. Op. 1

Russian Greek Chant

The Introductory Psalm at Vigil

Ps. 103[104]:1,6,10,24

SATB (div)

#L.934 1891

First printed edition

Arr. for TTBB by the composer, see S. Op. 1b (Ly001b)

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Ly001

Ly026

S nami Bog

God is with us

S. Op. 16

Znamenny Chant

Isaiah 8:8-10, 12-14, 17-18, 9:2, 6

SATB

#L.16 1892

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly026

Ly040

Slavno bo proslavisia i Gospoda poite

For gloriously hath He been glorified and Praise the Lord

S. Op. 29[a]

[Bulgarian Chant]

Refrains after the Old Testament readings on Great and Holy Saturday

SATB

#29 n.d.

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly040

Ly022

Slava v vyshnikh Bogu

Glory to God in the highest

S. Op. 12

Common [Znamenny] Chant

Sticheron after Ps. 50[51] for the Nativity of Christ

SATB(div)

#L.12 1887

First printed edition

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Ly022

Ly061

So sviatymi upokoi i Sam edin esi bezsmertnyi

With the saints give rest and Only Thou art immortal

S. Op. 40

Kontakion from the Memorial Service

SAT(div)B(div)

#A.17 K. n.d.

First printed edition

3

Ly061

Ly075

Svete tikhii

Gladsome Light

S. Op. 52

Znamenny Chant

Evening Hymn

SATB

#A.26 K. 1901

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly075

Ly065

Tebe odeiushchagosia

Thou, who clothest Thyself with light

S. Op. 44

Bulgarian Chant

Sticheron for Holy Friday Vespers

SATB

#A.16 K. 1900

First printed edition

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Ly065

Ly072 074

Tri molitvy ko Presviatei Bogoroditse

Three Hymns to the Mother of God

S. Op. 51

SSAA or TTBB

#G. L. 1891

First printed edition

Defective original

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Ly072-074

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Ly072

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No. 1 - Miloserdiia dveri

No. 1 - Open unto us the doors of your loving-kindness

[S. Op. 51, No. 1]

Troparion to the Mother of God

SSAA or TTBB

2

Ly072

Ly073

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No. 2 - Niktozhe pritekaiai k Tebe

No. 2 - No one who approaches you

[S. Op. 51, No. 2]

Based on melodies of the St. Alexander Nevsky Monastery

Troparion to the Mother of God

SSAA or TTBB

2

Ly073

Ly074

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No. 3 - Utoli bolezni

No. 3 - Heal the diseases

[S. Op. 51, No. 3]

Troparion to the Mother of God

SSAA or TTBB

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Ly074

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