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Smolensky, Stepan

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SMOLENSKY, Stepan Vasil’yevich (b. 8 [20] October 1848, Kazan’; d. 20 July [2 August] 1909, Vasil’sursk) — trained as a lawyer and a teacher of history, studied music on his own; directed a church choir in Kazan and studied ancient chant with the Old Ritualists. From 1889 through 1901 served as Director of the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing and professor of the Moscow Conservatory in Russian church singing. In 1901–03 was Director of the Imperial Court Chapel in St. Petersburg. In 1907 founded the Precentors’ School in St. Petersburg — the first institution in Russia for preparing choral conductors with open admissions. Author of numerous monographs and articles in the history and theory of Russian church singing. Was responsible for assembling a vast collection of ancient Russian musical manuscripts (now at the State Historical Museum in Moscow). As a composer of sacred music, Smolensky composed relatively little: a Memorial Service for male chorus, “Litanies” and the “Paschal Stichera” in znamenny chant, “Khvalite imia Gospodne” [“Praise the name of the Lord”] and “Kto Bog velii?” [“Who is so great a God?”] (all published privately); he also compiled a number of simple arrangements of common hymns for male chorus. Of much greater significance is Smolensky’s influence on performance and compositional activity in the field of Russian church music. The reforms he carried out at the Moscow Synodal School established the Synodal Choir on the highest artistic level and stimulated a number of composers to write works for the church, using ancient chants and indigineously Russian musical elements (e.g., counter-voice polyphony, a variable texture, modal harmony). Smolensky’s followers — Alexander Kastalsky, Alexander Grechaninov, Pavel Chesnokov, Alexander Nikolsky, and others — created an entirely new direction in Russian church music at the turn of the 20th c.

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Budi imia Gospodne

Blessed be the name of the Lord

N.O.N.

Dismissal sentence

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

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Ekteniia malaia

The Little Litany

N.O.N.

[Znamenny Chant]

Gospodi, pomilui

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

1

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Ekteniia velikaia

The Great Litany

N.O.N.

[Znamenny Chant]

Gospodi, pomilui

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

2

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Glavneishiia pesnopeniia Bozhestvennoi Liturgii, Molebnogo peniia, Pannikhidy i Vsenoshchnago bdeniia, perelozhennyia dlia khora muzhskikh golosov St. V. Smolenskim. Vypusk I. Pesnopeniia Bozhestvennoi Liturgii

The Main Hymns of Divine Liturgy, the Prayer Service, the Memorial Service, and the All-Night Vigil, arranged for a choir of men's voices by S. V. Smolenskii. Volume 1. Hymns of the Divine Liturgy

TTBB

St. Petersburg: Prilozhenie k zhurnalu "TSerkovnyie vedomosti, izdavaemyie pri Sviateishem Sinode", 1893

First printed edition

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Sm021 sb

Glavneishiia pesnopeniia Bozhestvennoi Liturgii, Molebnogo peniia, Pannikhidy i Vsenoshchnago bdeniia, perelozhennyia dlia khora muzhskikh golosov St. V. Smolenskim. Vypusk II. Posledovanie blagodarstvennogo molebnago peniia i pannikhidy

The Main Hymns of Divine Liturgy, the Prayer Service, the Memorial Service, and the All-Night Vigil, arranged for a choir of men's voices by S. V. Smolenskii. Volume II. The Order of the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving and the Memorial Service

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St. Petersburg: Prilozhenie k zhurnalu "TSerkovnyie vedomosti, izdavaemyie pri Sviateishem Sinode", 1893

First printed edition

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Sm022 sb

Glavneishiia pesnopeniia Bozhestvennoi Liturgii, Molebnogo peniia, Pannikhidy i Vsenoshchnago bdeniia, perelozhennyia dlia khora muzhskikh golosov St. V. Smolenskim. Vypusk III. Pesnopeniia Vsenoshchnogo bdeniia

The Main Hymns of Divine Liturgy, the Prayer Service, the Memorial Service, and the All-Night Vigil, arranged for a choir of men's voices by S. V. Smolenskii. Volume III. Hymns of the All-Night Vigil

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St. Petersburg: Prilozhenie k zhurnalu "TSerkovnyie vedomosti, izdavaemyie pri Sviateishem Sinode", 1893

First printed edition

148

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Khvalite imia Gospodne

Praise the name of the Lord

N.O.N.

Ancient Chant

Polyeleion

Ps. 134[135]:1,21; 135[136]:1,26

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

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Sm002

Sm007

Ottsa i Syna

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

N.O.N.

[Znamenny Chant]

Response after the Peace

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

1

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Panikhida na temy iz drevnikh rospevov, dlia khora muzhskikh golosov

Memorial Service on melodies of early chants for Male Chorus

N.O.N.

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St. Petersburg: Energiia, 1905

First printed edition

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[No. 1] - Velikaia ekteniia

The Great Litany

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[No. 2] - Alliluia

Alleluia

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[No. 3] - Tropari

Troparia

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Sm012

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[No. 4] - Irmos, Pesn' 3-ia

Heirmos of the Third Ode

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[No. 5] - Irmos, Pesn' 6-ia

Heirmos of the Sixth Ode

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[No. 6] - Kondak

Kontakion

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[No. 7] - Pripev na 9-i pesni; Irmos, Pesn' 9-ia

Refrain and Heirmos of the Ninth Ode

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[No. 8] - Tropari

[Concluding] Troparia

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[No. 9] - Vechnaia pamiat'

Memory eternal

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Prositel'naia ekteniia

The Litany of Supplication

N.O.N.

[Znamenny Chant]

Podai, Gospodi

S(div)AT(div)B

n.p. no # 1904

First printed edition

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