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FS040 CHESNOKOV ~ Beyond the Swift River (Za rekoyu, za bistroy) satb $1.95
In this stylized folk song Chesnokov captures two contrasting essences of Russian folk songs—the lyric “drawn-out” (protiazhnaya) song and the lively dance (pliasovaya) song. Both styles manifest two contrasting aspects of the Russian, and indeed every human, nature. A marvelous program closer!
FS043 KASTALSKY ~ At My Father’s Gate (U vorot, vorot) satb $1.95
“At My Father’s Gate” is a whimsical Russian folk song best known for its use in the middle movement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, where it is used as one of the leitmotivs to symbolize the resilience of the Russian nation with its deep folk roots. It was also arranged for men’s voices by Modest Musorgsky (cat. no. FS 045[mc]). This miniature setting by Kastalsky makes a great program closer or encore number.
FS041 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV ~ Wicket Fence (Zapletisia pleten’) satb $1.95
As one of the “Mighty Five” group of Russian nationalist composers, Rimsky-Korsakov was an avid student and collector of Russian folk songs. “The Wicket Fence” is a springtime village ritual dance (horovod), also known as an “ornamental line-dance” (ornamental’nïy horovod). In this dance, the line of dancers, following the somewhat non-sensical text of the song, weaves through itself, winding into a tight circle and then unwinding back into a line. Besides being an effective multi-cultural program closer for a choir of any level, this piece, like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “With a Wreath I Stroll,” makes a great addition to the literature for the young and developing chorus.
FS042 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV ~ With a Wreath I Stroll (So vyunom ya hozhu) satb $1.95
Rimsky-Korsakov arranged Russian folk songs using a combination of indigenous Russian and Western contrapuntal techniques. He fashions this flirtatious circle dance folk song (horovod) into a canon, a form that is not native to Russia. In addition to being an effective multi-cultural program closer for a choir of any level, this piece, like Rimsky- Korsakov’s “The Wicket Fence,” makes a great addition to the literature for the young and developing chorus.
PS040 TANEYEV Serenade (Serenada) satb $1.95
Sergei Taneyev (1856–1915) was a great Russian master of counterpoint and a great musical poet of Romantic sentiment. In this early miniature, written when he was only 21 years old, he already demonstrates his mastery of the composer’s craft, fashioning a gentle, but evocative lullaby in which a mother lovingly hushes her infant to sleep through beautiful images of nature. Simple and effective, this piece is eminently accessible to choirs of all levels. (Interestingly, though secular, it was included in Volume III of the Hearts of Space CD anthology Sacred Treasures.)
—Notes by Vladimir Morosan
Table of Contents
|1||Pavel Chesnokov||Beyond the Swift River|
|2||Alexander Kastalsky||At My Father's Gate|
|3||Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov||Wicket Fence, The|
|4||Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov||With a Wreath I Stroll|