Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)

Search_gretchaninoff-alexander
GRETCHANINOFF, Alexandre Tikhonovich (b. 13 [25] October, 1864, Moscow; d. 4 January, 1956, New York) — studied at the Moscow Conservatory (1881-1890) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory (1890- 1893), which he completed in composition as a student of Rimsky-Korsakov. Collaborated with various choral ensembles, including Melnikov’s Choir in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Synodal Choir and Vasilyev’s Choir in Moscow, which premiered his numerous choral compositions. Also worked in the fields of theater music, children’s music, and musical ethnography. Toured in Russia and abroad as a pianist, accompanist, and conductor. In 1925 emigrated to Paris, where he lived until 1939, when he moved to New York. Gretchaninoff composed several operas, symphonic and chamber music, as well as numerous solo songs, children’s songs and choruses, choral part songs and arrangements of folk songs for chorus. On texts from the Russian Orthodox liturgy, he composed four settings of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, an All-Night Vigil, and a cycle of hymns from Passion Week, as well as approximately 20 shorter works. He also composed several settings of the Latin Mass and several Latin motets, some of which remain in manuscript. Early in his musical career, Gretchaninoff came under the influence of Stepan Smolensky, Director of the Moscow Synodal School of Church Music and leader of the movement to return Russian church music to its roots in ancient ecclesiastical chant and the choral folk song. Although Gretchaninoff tended not to use actual chants in his sacred works, he frequently devised new chant-like melodies. Together with other composers working at the Moscow Synodal School (e. g., Kastalsky, Chesnokov, Nikolsky), he used a rich palette of choral textures, ranging from stark unison (sometimes doubled in two or three octaves, reminiscent of Old Believers’ singing) to “choral symphonism” in eight to twelve diverse parts. In a quest to expand his expressive resources, in 1917 he made a major break with tradition by including instruments in his third setting of the Divine Liturgy, the Liturgia domestica, opus 79. No other composers have followed Gretchaninoff’s lead, however: to date this work remains the only setting of a text from the Russian Orthodox liturgy with instrumental accompaniment.
Gr-anv_search Alexander Gretchaninoff All-Night Vigil
Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

10

114

Gr-ANV

Price: $22.95
Gr-dl3_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Liturgia Domestica, (piano-vocal score)

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

14

88

Gr-DL3

Price: $21.95
Gr-dl2_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Liturgy of St John Chrysostom No. 2
Liturgiya Sv. Ioanna Zlatousta

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

110

Gr-DL2

Price: $21.95
Gr-pw_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Passion Week
Strastnaya sedmitsa

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

13

144

Gr-PW

Price: $24.95
Gr-pg_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Praise God (piano-vocal score)
Hvalite Boga

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Mixed w. orchestra

Church Slavonic

3

60

Gr-PG

Price: $19.95
M-ag2_search Alexander Gretchaninoff The Collected Sacred Choral Works, volume 2
Sobraniye duhovno-muzïkal'nïkh proizvedeniy, t. 2

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

32

440

M-AG2

Reg. Price: $95.00 SALE Price: $68.00
Gr035_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Mercy of Peace, A
Milost mira

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Gr035

Price: $2.95
Gr049_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Now the Powers of Heaven
Nïne silï nebesnïya

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB-SATB

Church Slavonic

Gr049

Price: $2.45
Gr019_search Alexander Gretchaninoff O Be Joyful in the Lord
Voskliknite Ghospodevi

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Gr019

Price: $2.45
Gr050_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Of Thy Mystical Supper
Vecheri Tvoyeya taynïya

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Gr050

Price: $2.45
Omp-gr026e_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Only Begotten Son

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB

English

OMP-Gr026E

Price: $1.95
Gr037_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Our Father
Otche nash

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Gr037

Price: $2.45
Omp-gr-dl-15ae_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Polychronion (Many Years after the dismissal)

Alexander Gretchaninoff

SATB(div)

English

OMP-Gr-DL3-15aE

Price: $1.30
Track

Litany of Fervent Supplication

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Russian Sacred Hymns, Folk Songs, and Romances; recordings from 1920-1930

Feodor Shalyapin

Track

Now the Powers of Heaven

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

Get the Sheet Music for this track: Gr049 Gr049_thumb
Track

The Bee

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

Get the Sheet Music for this track: PS006 Ps006_thumb
Track

Rain

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

Get the Sheet Music for this track: PS007 Ps007_thumb
Track

Glory/Only Begotten Son

Alexander Gretchaninoff

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Conspirare

Get the Sheet Music for this track: Gr026 Gr026_thumb
Track

Like The Wave Of The Sea

Alexander Gretchaninoff

In the Bond of Love

Male Choir of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery

Track

The Rainbow

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

Get the Sheet Music for this track: PS008 Ps008_thumb
Track

Bell Chimes

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

Get the Sheet Music for this track: PS009 Ps009_thumb
Track

Lullaby

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

Track

Lord, Now Lettest Thou

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations

Patriarch Tikhon Choir

Get the Sheet Music for this track: Gr040 Gr040_thumb