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Rachmaninoff, Sergei

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RACHMANINOFF, Sergei Vasil’yevich (b. 20 March [1 April] 1873, the estate of Oneg (Semyonovo?), in today’s Novgorod region of the Novgorod district; d. 28 March 1943, Beverly Hills, California) — from 1882 studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, then in 1885 transferred to the Moscow Conservatory from which he graduated in piano (1891) and composition (1892); studied with Alexander Ziloti, Anton Arensky, and Sergei Taneyev. Renowned as a pianist, composer, and conductor. Although Rachmaninoff’s compositional activity was devoted primarily to secular music (operas, symphonies, chamber works, piano works, romances, choruses with piano, et al.), his sacred choral works — the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, opus 31, and the All-Night Vigil, opus 37 — stand as major masterpieces in the Russian church music literature. One other sacred work, the sacred concerto “V molitvah neusïpayushchuyu Bogoroditsu” [“The Theotokos, ever-vigilant in prayer”], which was written in his youth and remained unpublished during his lifetime, also stands out among the works of contemporaries by its artistic design and intensity of expression. All of Rachmaninoff’s sacred works are marked by highly individualistic religious emotionalism and a complexity of musical technique (texture, sonority, dynamics, etc.)

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Liturgiia Sv. Ioanna Zlatoustago

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Op. 31

Selected hymns from the Liturgy

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A. Gutheil #A. 9079 G. [1910]

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No. 1 - Velikaia ekteniia

The Great Litany

Op. 31, No. 1

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No. 2 - Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda

Bless the Lord, O my soul

Op. 31, No. 2

First Antiphon

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No. 3 - Slava... Edinorodnyi Syne

Glory... Only-begotten Son

Op. 31, No. 3

Troparion after the Second Antiphon

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No. 4a - Vo tsarstvii Tvoem

In Thy kingdom

Op. 31, No. 4a

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No. 4b - Vo tsarstvii Tvoem

In Thy kingdom

Op. 31, No. 4b

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No. 5 - Priidite poklonimsia

Come, let us worshipOp.

Op. 31, No. 5

Hymn of the Little Entrance

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No. 6 - Gospodi, spasi... Sviatyi Bozhe

O Lord, save... Holy God

Op. 31, No. 6

Trisagion Hymn

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No. 7 - Sugubaia i posleduiushchie Ektenii

Augmented and following litanies

Op. 31, No. 7

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No. 8 - Izhe kheruvimy

Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim

Op. 31, No. 8

Cherubic Hymn

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No. 9 - Prositel'naia Ekteniia i Otsa i Syna

Litany of supplication and Father, Son...

Op. 31, No. 9

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No. 10 - Veruiu

I believe

Op. 31, No. 10

The Creed

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No. 11 - Milost' mira

A mercy of peace

Op. 31, No. 11

Eucharistic Canon The Anaphora

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No. 12 - Tebe poem

We hymn Thee

Op. 31, No. 12

Hymn of the Epiklesis

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No. 13 - Dostoino est'

It is truly fitting

Op. 31, No. 13

Hymn to the Mother of God

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No. 14 - Otche nash

Our Father

Op. 31, No. 14

The Lord's Prayer

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No. 15 - Edin Sviat

One is Holy

Op. 31, No. 15

Pre-Communion responses

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No. 16 - Khvalite Gospoda s nebes

Praise the Lord from the heavens

Op. 31, No. 16

Communion Hymn for Sundays

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No. 17 - Blagosloven griadyi i Videkhom svet istinnyi

Blessed is He and We have seen

Op. 31, No. 17

Hymn at the appearance of the Communion Gifts and Hymn of thanksgiving

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No. 18 -Da ispolniatsia usta nasha

Let our mouths be filled

Op. 31, No. 18

Hymn of thanksgiving

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No. 19 - Budi imia Gospodne

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Op. 31, No. 19

Response before the dismissal

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No. 20 - Slava Otsu i Blagochestiveishago

Glory... and Our Most Pious Emperor

Op. 31, No. 20

Final doxology and Prayers for the Royal Family and Hierarchs

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V molitvakh neusypaiushchuiu Bogoroditsu

The Mother of God, ever-vigilant in prayer

N.O.N. [1893]

Kontakion for the Dormition of the Mother of God

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

In vol.: S. Rakhmaninov, Tri khora [Three choruses], I. Iordan and G. Kirkor, eds., Moscow: Muzyka, 1972

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Vsenoshchnoe bdenie

All-Night Vigil

Op. 37

Selected hymns from the All-Night Vigil

S(div)A(div)T(div)B(div) and A, T soli

Rossiiskoe Muzykal'noe Izdatel'stvo, #R.M.I.275-289 1915

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No. 1 - Priidite poklonimsia

Come, let us worship

Op. 37, No. 1

Call to worship

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No. 2 - Blagoslovi, dushe moia, Gospoda

Bless the Lord, O my soul

Op. 37, No. 2

Russian Greek Chant

Introductory Psalm

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No. 3 - Blazhen muzh

Blessed is the man

Op. 37, No. 3

First Antiphon of the First Kathisma

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No. 4 - Svete tikhii

Gladsome Light

Op. 37, No. 4

Kievan Chant

Evening Hymn

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No. 5 - Nyne otpushchaeshi

Lord, now lettest Thou

Op. 37, No. 5

Kievan Chant

Song of St. Symeon

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No. 6 - Bogoroditse Devo

Rejoice, O Virgin

Op. 37, No. 5

Dismissal Troparion

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No. 7 - Shestopsalmie

The Six Psalms

Op. 37, No. 7

Znamenny Chant motives

Little Doxology

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No. 8 - Khvalite imia Gospodne

Praise the name of the Lord

Op. 37, No. 8

Znamenny Chant

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No. 9 - Blagosloven esi Gospodi

Blessed art Thou, O Lord

Op. 37, No. 9

Little Znamenny Chant

Psalm 118[119] and Resurrectional Matins Troparia

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No. 10 - Voskresenie Khristovo videvshe

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ

Op. 37, No. 10

Hymn of the Resurrection

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No. 11 - Velichit dusha moia Gospoda

My soul magnifies the Lord

Op. 37, No. 11

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No. 12 - Slavoslovie velikoe

The Great Doxology

Op. 37, No. 12

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No. 13 - Dnes' spasenie

Today salvation has come

Op. 37, No. 13

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Resurrectional Troparion after the Great Doxology in the weeks of Tones 1, 3, 5, and 7

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No. 14 - Voskres iz groba

Thou didst arise from the tomb

Op. 37, No. 14

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Resurrectional Troparion after the Great Doxology in the weeks of Tones 2, 4, 6, and 8

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No. 15 - Vzbrannoi voevode

To Thee, the victorious Leader

Op. 37, No. 15

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Kontakion to the Mother of God

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