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Chesnokov, Pavel

Pavelchesnokov

CHESNOKOV, Pavel Grigor’yevich (b. 12 [ 24] October, 1877, near Voskresensk, Moscow region; d. 14 March, 1944, Moscow)—graduated from Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing in 1895; 1895–99, studied composition with Sergei Taneyev; graduated from Moscow Conservatory in 1917 in conducting and composition (student of Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov). From 1895, taught church singing (chant) at the Moscow Synodal School; served as precentor in several Moscow churches and taught choral music at various schools. From 1920 to 1944 was professor of choral music at the Moscow Conservatory and conductor of several state choirs in Moscow.

Chesnokov is the most prolific composer associated with the Moscow Synodal School: his compositional output includes over 500 choral works, over 400 of which are sacred. His major opera include three complete settings of the Divine Liturgy, two complete settings of the All-Night Vigil, two settings of the Memorial Service, and a setting of the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. In addition, he composed numerous settings of individual hymns taken from the ordinary of the Liturgy and Vigil, from feast-day propers, and paraliturgical concertos. His choral writing is characterized by a variety of textures, from austere unisons to sumptuous eight-voice polyphony, and colorful harmony, which he often “spices” with chromaticism. Approximately one-third of his sacred works are chant-based, while the rest are free compositions.

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Cn211

Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

Op. 38, No. 3

First printed edition

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Cn211

Cn011

Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

Op. 7, No. 3 [also No. 20 in Liturgy Op. 15]

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

PJu #30721 1905

First printed edition

3

Cn011

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Cn031

Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

Op. 9, No. 12

SSAA

PJu #31256 1906

First printed edition

2

Cn031

Cn203

Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

Op. 33, No. 7

Abbr. Russian Greek Chant

SATB(div)

PJu #34360 n.d.

First printed edition

2

Cn203

Cn187b

Dostoino est'

It is truly meet

Op. 27, No. 7

Bulgarian Chant

First printed edition

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Cn187b

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Cn045

Dushe moia

My soul, my soul arise

Op. 9, No. 26

Kontakion at the Great Kanon of St. Andrew of Crete

SSAA

PJu #31511 n.d.

First printed edition

1

Cn045

Cn185

Edinorodnyi Syne

Only-begotten Son

Op. 27, No. 4

Bulgarian Chant

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

PJu #33931 n.d.

First printed edition

2

Cn185

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Cn006

Egda slavnii uchenitsy

When the glorious disciples

Op. 6, No. 2

[Kievan Chant]

Troparion for Holy Thursday

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

PJu #30403 1904

First printed edition

5

Cn006

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Cn229 233

Ektenii dlia diakona (bas) i smeshannogo khora

Litanies for deacon (bass) and mixed choir

Op. 41

S(div)ATB, b solo

PJu #37000-37004 n.d.

First printed edition*

*Nos. 1 and 3 found in MS only

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Cn229

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No. 1 - Ekteniia sugubaia

The Augmented Litany

Op. 41, No. 1

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No. 2 - Prositel'naia ekteniia

The Litany of Supplication

Op. 41, No. 2

At the Liturgy; Before Our Father

Cn230

Cn231

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No. 3 - Velikaia ekteniia

The Great Litany

Op. 41, No. 3

At the Memorial Service

11

Cn231

Cn232

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No. 4 - Zaupokoinaia ekteniia

The Litany for the Departed

Op. 41, No. 4

SAT(div)B(div) and Bass solo

5

Cn232

Cn233

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No. 5 - Ekteniia na Liturgii Prezhdeosviashchennykh

Litany at the Pre-sanctified Liturgy

Op. 41, No. 5

Before Now the Powers: Elitsy oglashenii izydite

S(div)ATB and Bass Solo (Deacon)

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Cn233

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Cn208

Ekteniia prositel'naia

The Litany of Supplication

Op. 37, No. 5

Gospodi, pomilui... Podai, Gospodi

First printed edition

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Cn208