Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)

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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

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Gr-dl3_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Liturgia Domestica, (piano-vocal score)

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

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Gr-pw_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Passion Week
Strastnaya sedmitsa

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Gr-pg_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Praise God (piano-vocal score)
Hvalite Boga

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

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Gr041_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Praise the name of the Lord
Hvalite imia Ghospodne

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Gr062_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Praise the Name of the Lord
Hvalite imia Ghospodne

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Dozhd'

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Raduga

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Gr061_search Alexander Gretchaninoff Rejoice, O Virgin
Bogoroditse Devo

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Gr034_search Alexander Gretchaninoff The Creed
Simvol verï

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Gr076_search Alexander Gretchaninoff The Litany of Fervent Supplication

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Bog Gospod’ ... Blagoobraznïy Iosif

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Litany of Fervent Supplication

Alexander Gretchaninoff

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

Feodor Shalyapin

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Now the Powers of Heaven

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

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The Bee

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Rain

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Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Glory/Only Begotten Son

Alexander Gretchaninoff

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Conspirare

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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

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The Rainbow

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Bell Chimes

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Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Lullaby

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Lord, Now Lettest Thou

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Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations

Patriarch Tikhon Choir

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