Constantine Shvedoff (1886-1954)

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Constantine Nikolayevich Shvedoff was one of the younger members of the New Russian Choral School that formed around the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a graduate of the Synodal School, Shvedoff had experienced the renaissance of Russian Orthodox church music in a national style, promulgated by Stepan Smolensky (1848–1909), the School’s director from 1889 to 1901, and embodied in the sacred choral works of Alexander Kastalsky (1856–1926). In his own compositions, he strived to add to the rich body of sacred choral literature produced by his predecessors and contemporaries, among whom were Chesnokov, Gretchaninoff, Nikolsky, and Rachmaninoff. His works range from austere chant harmonizations in two and three parts, in which the folk-song element prevails, to more innovative opuses, such as the present work. Because of their traditional concern for the intelligibility of the word, Russian composers of sacred music have typically avoided contrapuntal writing in the style of imitative polyphony and fugue. With the exception of a few sacred concertos by Dmitry Bortniansky (1751–1825) and one movement in Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy, it may safely be said that there are virtually no fugues in the Russian Orthodox sacred choral repertoire. Shvedoff’s concerto “Blago yest ispovedatisia” thus stands as a unique work, in which fugal writing is combined with the rich harmonic style of the Russian choral school, and a touch of chromatic “orientalism” found in the secular works of the Mighty Five. After the Communist takeover in 1917, Shvedoff emigrated to the West, living out his life in the United States, where he directed a church choir and continued to write choral works, including a number of arrangements for the famous Don Cossack Choir, directed by fellow Synodal School alumnus, Serge Jaroff.

Fs021_search Constantine Shvedoff Amidst a Valley
Sredi dolinï

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Urban Folk Song

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Russian

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Sh015_search Constantine Shvedoff Blessed are They
Blazheni, yazhe izbral

Constantine Shvedoff

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Church Slavonic

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Sh013_search Constantine Shvedoff Cherubic Hymn
Heruvimskaya pesn'

Constantine Shvedoff

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Church Slavonic

Sh013

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Sh009_search Constantine Shvedoff It Is a Good Thing
Blago yest ispovedatisia

Constantine Shvedoff

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Church Slavonic

Sh009

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Fs010_search Constantine Shvedoff Oh, How Full Is My Bundle
Oy polna, polna moya korobushka

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Folk Song

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Russian

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Fs010sab_search Constantine Shvedoff Oh, How Full Is My Bundle
Oy polna, polna moya korobushka

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Folk Song

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Russian

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Sh007_search Constantine Shvedoff The Thrice-Holy
SviatÏy Bozhe

Constantine Shvedoff

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Church Slavonic

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Sh008_search Constantine Shvedoff We Have No Other Help
Ne imami iniya pomoshchi

Constantine Shvedoff

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Church Slavonic

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Constantine Shvedoff

We Hymn Thee

Various Choirs (Festival of Choirs in Minsk)

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It is truly meet

Constantine Shvedoff

Let Us Pray to the Most Holy Mother of God; works by composers of the Moscow Synodal School

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

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From the History of the Original Don Cossack Chorus

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Orthodox Easter (Recordings 1948-1950)

Don Cossacks Choir

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I went to pick respberries early in the morning

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Folk Songs

Don Cossack Choir

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The march of the cavaliers

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Folk Songs

Don Cossack Choir

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Two Cossack Songs

Constantine Shvedoff

Russian Orthodox Easter (Recordings 1948-1950)

Don Cossacks Choir