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Using musical examples drawn from the history of Russian music, Musica Russica's president, Dr. Vladimir Morosan, reveals some of the musical sources of the All-Night Vigil and explains how Rachmaninoff wove them together to create a composition that was uniquely his own.
April 11-12, 2104—Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, a long-lost sacred choral masterpiece composed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union, was given its world premieres in Portland and Seattle by Cappella Romana, under Alexander Lingas. The 45-minute, 11-movement work is based on Russian chants sumptuously arranged in polyphonic attire.
October 28, 2014—New York City-based Clarion Society, under Steven Fox, performs Maximilian Steinberg's long-lost sacred choral masterpiece, composed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union and premiered by Cappella Romana in Portland and Seattle in April 2014. Ten of the 11 movements of the 45-minute work are based on early Russian chants, clothed in rich polyphonic textures.
October 2013 — Musica Russica has published 23 new sacred sheet music titles: 11 in Church Slavonic and 12 in English. Both sets are available in promotional packets at a 50% discount. We are especially pleased to feature the works of four Orthodox Christian composers, currently working in the US: Nicholas Reeves, Kurt Sander, Richard Toensing, and Nazo Zakkak.
On January 31 and February 1-3, 2013, Conspirare, directed by Craig Hella Johnson, gave four highly successful performances of The Sacred Spirit of Russia program, of music selected entirely from the Musica Russica catalog. A CD on the Harmonia Mundi label is expected in Fall, 2013. View some concert selections in the sheet music gallery to the left.
November 1, 2013 — Archangel Voices, under the direction of Vladimir Morosan, has released a new CD of Orthodox hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God (known as Panagia). The CD, sung exclusively in English, features works by Russian as well as American Orthodox composers. A number of scores are published by Musica Russica.
"The drama of the music, the rich tones of the Slavonic vowels and the continuously shifting ideas in this sacred concerto made my kids want to work and master it. "
"My singers were moved and inspired by the mystical beauty of Russian choral music."
"My students loved the All-Night Vigil, especially my basses who really tried to emulate the rich sound of Russian basses."
Dorothy Y. Mutkoski
"Musica Russica publishes everything impeccably and with so much generous effort. What would Russian sacred music heritage be without you?"
"My high school students have done the Rachmaninoff “Bogoroditse Devo” in three different years with no language difficulty at all. The beauty of the music combined with the resonance and elegance of the Russian has made it the piece they want to sing again and again."
"I have found Musica Russica's transliteration system unbelievably easy to work with and to teach--even to amateur choirs. And a native Russian speaker said that the choir sounded correct when we used that system and also that they couldn't get Russian music as good as MR's editions in Russia. Run, don't walk, to Musica Russica for help."
Robert W. Parker
"It's so reassuring to know that there is an absolutely consummate resource for exquisitely-produced, accessible and scholarly editions available to all who seek a deeper exposure to and involvement in Russian choral music."
J. Reilly Lewis
Cathedral Choral Society
Washington Bach Consort