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Golovanov, Nikolai

Nikolaigolovanov

GOLOVANOV, Nikolai Semyonovich (b. 9 [21] January 1891, Moscow; d. 28 August 1953, also in Moscow) —from 1900 was a student in the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing, where he studied with Vasily Orlov and Alexander Kastalsky; in 1909 graduated from the Synodal School with the rank of precentor of the first degree; served as assistant conductor of the Synodal Choir under Nikolai Danilin. In 1914 graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in composition. After the Revolution worked primarily as an opera and symphonic conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre and other musical institutions in Moscow, while continuing to write sacred music secretly. Golovanov’s sacred works (23 numbers published by P. Jurgenson in 1916-17) were among the last works to be published before the Revolution; his complete sacred works were published in 2019 by Zhivonosnyi Istochnik publishers of Moscow. Golovanov’s choral writing is marked by complexity of choral texture, richness of sonority, and subtle nuancing, which lends some of his works a character that transcends strictly liturgical use.

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Iz iunosheskikh tetradei

From notebooks of early days

Op.38

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Raduitesia Bogu, Pomoshchniku nashemu. (Dukhovnyi kontsert, v trekh chastiakh)

Rejoice in God, our Helper (Sacred concerto in 3 movements)

Op.38, No. 1

Sacred Concerto

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Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda (psalom 102 na Liturgii)

Bless the Lord, O my soul

Op.38, No. 2

First Antiphon

Ps. 102 [103]

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Plamenem liubve (Gimn ob umnozhenii liubvi mezh cheloveki)

With the flame of love (Hymn for the increase of love among people)

Op.38, No. 3

Sacred concerto

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Otche nash [No. 2]

Our Father

Op.38, No. 4

The Lord's Prayer

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Kheruvimskaia pesn' [No. 3] (Des-dur)

Cherubic Hymn (D-flat major)

Op.38, No. 5

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Kheruvimskaia pesn' [No. 4] (h-moll) (na “Vidia razboinik")

Cherubic Hymn (B minor)

Op.38, No. 6

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Penopeniia dlia smeshannogo khora. 1915-1916

Hymns for mixed chorus. 1915-1916

Op.9

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Bogoroditse Devo

Rejoice, O Virgin

Op.9, No. 1

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Gospodi, spasi i Trisviatoe

O Lord, save... Holy God

Op.9, No. 2

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Otche nash

Our Father

Op.9, No. 3

The Lord's Prayer

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Nyne sily nebesnyia

Now the powers of heaven

Op.9, No. 4

Cherubic Hymn at the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts

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Dostoyno yest' [No. 2]

It is truly fitting

Op.9, No. 5

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Blazhen muzh

Blessed is the man

Op.9, No. 6

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Pesnopeniia dlia muzhskogo khora. 1911-1915

Hymns for Men's Chorus. 1911-1915

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Kheruvimskaia [No. 1](Monastyrskaia)

Cherubic Hymn (Monastery-style)

Оp. 1, No. 1

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Milost mira i Tebe poem

A mercy of peace and We hymn Thee

Оp. 1, No. 2

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Tebe poem [No. 2] (D-moll)

We hymn Thee (D minor)

Оp. 1, No. 3

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Dostoyno yest'

It is truly fitting

Оp. 1, No. 4

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V molitvakh neusypaiushchuiu Bogoroditsu (Kondak Uspeniiu Presviatoi Bogoroditsy)

The Mother of God, ever-vigilant in prayer

Оp. 1, No. 5

Kontakion for the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

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Kondak sviatiteliu Nikolaiu (na 6 dekabria)

Kontakion for St. Nicholas (December 6)

Оp. 1, No. 6

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Pesnopeniia dlia smeshannogo khora. 1909-1912

Hymns for Mixed Chorus. 1909-1912

Оp. 3

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Nyne otpushchaeshi

Lord, now lettest Thou

Op.3, No. 1

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Khvalite imia Gospodne

Praise the name of the Lord

Op.3, No. 2

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O Tebe raduetsia

All creation rejoices in Thee

Op.3, No. 3

Russian “Greek” Chant

Hymn to the Theotokos at the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

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Ekzapostilarii v nedeliu Paskhi

Exaposteilarion for Pascha

Op.3, No. 4

Melody from the Obikhod

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Ekzapostilarii na Uspenie Pr. Bogoroditsy

Exaposteilarion for the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Op.3, No. 5

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Ekzapostilarii v nedeliu Fominu

Exaposteilarion for St. Thomas Sunday

Op.3, No. 6

Znamenny Chant

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Pesnopeniia dlia smeshannogo khora. 1912-1914

Hymns for Mixed Chorus. 1912-1914

Оp. 5

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Dushe moia

My soul

Op.5, No. 1

Kontakion at the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Create

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Priidite, poklonimsia (Arkhiereiskoe)

Come, let us worship (Hierarchal)

Op.5, No. 2

Kievan [Russian "Greek"] Chant

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Kheruvimskaia pesn' (Sofronievskaia)

Cherubic Hymn (Sofroniev melody)

Op.5, No. 3

Sofroniev Hermitage Melody

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Gospodi, spasi..., Elitsy vo Khrista

O Lord, save the pious... As many as have been baptized

Op.5, No. 4

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Slava..., Edinorodnyi

Glory... Only-begotten Son

Op.5, No. 5

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Pesnopeniia Rozhdestva Khristova i Liturgii

Hymns for the Nativity of Christ and Liturgy

Op.36

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Gospodi, spasi i Trisviatoe (Monastyrskoe) [No. 2]

O Lord, save and Holy God (Monastery-style)

Op.36, No. 1

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Tebe poem [No. 3]

We hymn Thee

Op.36, No. 2

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Tropar' na Rozhdestvo Khristovo (C-dur)

Troparion for the Nativity of Christ (C major)

Op.36, No. 3

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Tropar' na Rozhdestvo Khristovo (F-dur)

Troparion for the Nativity of Christ (F major)

Op.36, No. 3a

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Deva dnes'

Today the Virgin

Op.36, No. 4

Bulgarian Chant

Kontakion for the Nativity of Christ

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Khristos razhdaetsia, slavite (D-dur)

Christ is born, give glory (D major)

Op.36, No. 5

Ode 1 of the Kanon for the the Nativity of Christ

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Tainstvo strannoe

I behold a strange and most glorious mystery

Op.36, No. 6

Ode 9 of the Kanon for the the Nativity of Christ

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Khristos razhdaetsia, slavite (A-dur)

Christ is born, give glory (A major)

Op.36, No. 7

Heirmos variant for the Nativity of Christ

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Pesnopeniia Velikogo posta, Strastnoi sedmitsy i Paskhi

Hymns of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha

Op.37

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Pokaianiia otverzi mi dveri

Open to me the doors of repentance

Op.37, No. 1

Post-Gospel stichera at Matins on Sundays during the Lenten Triodion

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Pod Tvoiu milost'

Beneath Thy mercy

Op.37, No. 2

Ancient prayer to the Mother of God

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Razboinika blazorazumnago

The wise thief

Op.37, No. 3

Exaposteilarion of Great and Holy Friday

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Ne rydai Mene, Mati

Do not lament me, O Mother

Op.37, No. 4

Ode 9 (and Festal Hymn to the Theotokos) on Great and Holy Saturday

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Егда от древа

When Joseph with Nicodemus took Thee down from the tree

Op.37, No. 5

Aposticha at Vespers of Great and Holy Friday

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Bezdnu zakliuchivyi

He Who shut in the depths

Op.37, No. 6

Kontakion of Great and Holy Saturday

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Priidite, ublazhim Iosifa prisnopamiatnago

Come, let us bless Joseph

Op.37, No. 7

Sticheron sung during the veneration of the Shroud on Great and Holy Saturday

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Blagoobraznyi Iosif

The noble Joseph

Op.37, No. 8

Troparion at Vespers of Great and Matins of Great and Holy and Saturday

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Egda snizshel

When Thou didst descend

Op.37, No. 9

Resurrectional Troparion (T.2) at Matins of Great and Holy Saturday

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Mironositsam zhenam

The Angel came to the myrrh-bearing women

Op.37, No. 10

Concluding Troparion at the Matins of Great and Holy Saturday

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Voskresenie Tvoe, Hriste Spase

Thy resurrection, O Christ Savior

Op.37, No. 11

Processional Sticheron at Paschal Matins

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Egda slavnii uchenitsy

When the glorious disciples

Op.37, No. 12

[Kievan Chant, paraphrased]

Troparion of Great and Holy Thursday

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Se Zhenikh griadet

Behold, the Bridegroom comes

Op.37, No. 13

[Kievan Chant, paraphrased]

Troparion at the Matins of Great and Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Chertog Tvoi vizhdu

Thy bridal chamber

Op.37, No. 14

[Kievan Chant]

Exaposteilarion of Great and Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

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Siuita “Vsekh skobiashchikh Radoste" (No. 1–6) i pesnopeniia pozdnego perioda

Suite "Joy of All the Sorrowful" (No. 1-6 and hymns of the late period

Op. 39

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1. K Bogoroditse prilezhno nyne pritetsem

Let us fervently approach the Mother of God

Op. 39, No. 1

Sacred concerto

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2. Ne umolchim nikodga, Bogoroditse

We shall never be silent, O Mother of God

Op. 39, No. 2

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3. Ne imamy inyia pomoshchi

We have no other help

Op. 39, No. 3

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4. Miloserdiia dveri

Open unto us the doors of thy loving-kindness

Op. 39, No. 4

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5. Zastupnitse userdnaia (Tropar' Kazanskoi ikone Bozhiei Materi)

O fervent Intercesor (Troparion for the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God)

Op. 39, No. 5

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6. Pritetsem, liudie (Kondak Kazanskoi ikone Bozhiei Materi)

Let us approach, O people (Kontakion for the Icon of the Mother of God)

Op. 39, No. 6

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7. Tropar' sviatiteliu Nikolaiu

Troparion for St. Nicholas

Op. 39, No. 7

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8. Kondak sviatiteliu Nikolaiu [No. 2]

Kontakion for St. Nicholas

Op. 39, No. 8

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9. Tropar' prepodbnomu Serafimu Sarovskomu

Troparion for St. Seraphim of Sarov

Op. 39, No. 9

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10. Svete tikhii

Gladsome Light

Op. 39, No. 10

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11. Velikoe mnogoletie

The Many Years

Op. 39, No. 11

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12. Pokoi, Spase nash

Give rest, O our Savior

Op. 39, No. 12

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13. Molitva sviatomu mucheniku Trifonu

Prayer to Holy Martyr Tryphon

Op. 39, No. 13

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