DEGTIARYOV (Dekhterev, Degtiaryovsky), Stepan Anikievich (b. 1766, the village Borisovka, in today’s Kursk district; d. 23 April [5 May] 1813, in today’s Kursk region)— was a serf of Count Sheremetev, in whose choir he sang from childhood; attended Moscow University, studied composition with Antonio Sapienza and Giuseppe Sarti; travelled to Italy to complete his musical education; for several years headed Count Sheremetev’s chorus and orchestra. From 1803, after receiving his freedom, lived in Moscow; later served one of the nobles in the Kursk district. Degtiaryov’s compositional activity includes both sacred and secular music; his most famous secular work is the oratorio Minin i Pozharsky, composed in 1811 on the eve of the Patriotic War of 1812. Degtiaryov’s sacred works were not published during his lifetime, but began appearing in the early the 20th c., primarily in various anthologies published by P. Kireyev, and in the editions of the journal Muzïka i penie. In terms of quality, they are uneven; in some instances one has to question their attribution. The sacred works attributed to Degtiaryov include approx. 40 concertos and 16 hymns from Divine Liturgy, All-Night Vigil, the Wedding Service, and various festal services. Since they are strongly inﬂuenced by Italian music, they are considered by many critics to be inappropriate for the liturgy, despite their popularity.
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The angel cried out
Hymn to the Mother of God at Paschaltide
SATB and SSATB Soli
No. 19, pp. 64-5, in vol.: Sbornik dukhovno-muzykal'nykh pesnopenii raznykh avtorov, No. 5 Iz Tsvetnoi Triodi, ed. by E. S. Azeev. P. Kireev 1912, 84 pp.
First printed edition
It is good to gives thanks to the Lord
In vol. Degtiarev S. A. Dvenadtsat' dukhovnykh kontsertov: dlia khora bez soprovozhd. / Foreword by. A. V. Lebedeva-Emelina. Commentary and scholarly reconstruction of the concertos by A. V. Lebedeva-Emelina (No. 1–8), N. I. Teterina (No. 9–12). M.: Zhivonosnyi Istochnik, 2006. p. 21-32
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
Sacred concerto at weddings, the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and the 4th Sunday of Great Lent
In vol.: Sbornik duhovno-muzykal'nyh pesnopenii, No. 16. Venchanie [Wedding], ed. by. N. D. Lebedev. Petrograd. P. Kireev 1915 (Reprint: Moscow: Zhivonosnyi istochnik, 2002. No. 2. pp.9-11. First movement only.)
I will bless the Lord who caused me to understand
No. 5, pp. 35-41, in vol.: Sbornik kontsertov soch. A. Vedelia i S. Degtiareva, No. 28, ed. by I.V.S. and K.I.K., P. Kireev, 1917
Blessed is the man [who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly]
SATB and SATBB Soli
In vol.: Istoricheskaia khrestomatiia tserkovnogo peniia, Vol. XII, ed. by M. Gol'tison, M. 963 P. n.d. 6 pp.
Printed edition (defective original; missing pages)
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
Blessed are all who fear the Lord
Sacred concerto at weddings
In vol.: Istoricheskaia Khrestomatiia Tserkovnogo Peniia, Vol. VII, ed. by M. Gol'tison, n.p., n.d.
David, the ancestor of God
Troparion from Ode 3 of the Paschal Canon
In vol.: Istoricheskaia khrestomatiia tserkovnogo peniia, Vol. XI, ed. by M. Gol'tison, M. 846 P. n.d. 11 pp.
O God, my God, unto Thee I rise early at dawn
Sacred concerto at weddings
No. 5, pp. 31-36, in vol.: Sbornik kontsertov soch. A. Vedelia i S. Degtiareva, No. 27, ed. by I.V.S. and K.I.K., P. Kireev, 1917
O God, my God, hear me; why hast Thou forsaken me
No. 11, pp. 65-71, in vol.: Sbornik kontsertov soch. A. Vedelia i S. Degtiareva, No. 27, ed. by I.V.S. and K.I.K., P. Kireev, 1917