Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825)

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BORTNIANSKY, Dmitry Stepanovich (b. 1751, Glukhov, Ukraine; d. 28 September [10 October] 1825, St. Petersburg) — received his musical education in the Preparatory Musical School in Glukhov, then, from the age of seven, at the Imperial Court Chapel in St. Petersburg. Studied composition with B. Galuppi, and when Galuppi returned to Italy in 1768, Bortniansky was sent with him in order to continue his studies. Spent eleven years abroad; three of his operas were produced in Italy. At the same time wrote his first sacred works, on Roman Catholic and German Protestant texts. Upon returning to Russia was appointed kapellmeister to the Imperial Chapel and to the Court of Prince Paul, the heir to the throne. In 1796 was appointed Director of Vocal Music, and in 1801, Director of the entire Imperial Court Chapel. As Director of the Chapel and as a composer, Bortniansky had an enormous effect upon church music in 19th-century Russia. As an administrator, he expanded the influence of the Imperial Chapel far beyond the Court itself, making it the trendsetter in terms of style and taste in church singing throughout the land. Bortniansky was the first director of the Chapel who was given the right of censorship in the field of church music, a circumstance that greatly affected the direction of church music in the 19th century. Bortniansky’s sacred works, including 72 liturgical hymns (26 of them for double chorus), 45 sacred concertos (10 for double chorus), 10 Te Deum’s, the Liturgy for three voices, and eight sacred trios, were universally performed throughout the entire 19th century; many of them are sung in churches to this day. Bortniansky’s music combines elements of classicism and sentimentality, using techniques of the early classical European style. While he uses elements of Russian and Ukrainian secular song in his sacred works, he nevertheless does not exceed the limits of sobriety and good taste appropriate for the Orthodox liturgy. Bortniansky was one of the first Russian students of the Italians to turn his attention to the traditional church chants, attempting to arrange several of them polyphonically.
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Glory... Only begotten Son, Liturgy for Three Voices

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No. XII, I Will Sing a New Song Unto Thee, O God

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The USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir

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Sing Alound Unto God Our Strength

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Rejoice in God, Our Helper [Raduytesia Bogu]

Children's and Youth Choir of the Moscow Representation Church of the Laura of Holy Trinity and St. Sergius

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Cherubic Hymn, Liturgy for Three Voices

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Vesna Children's Choir, Moscow

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No. IX, This Is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made

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The USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir

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Open to Me the Gate of Repentance

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Chants of Great Lent and Pascha

Choir of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Minsk

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Let My Prayer Arise

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With the Voice of the Archangel: Orthodox Liturgical Solos, Duets, and Trios

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No. XXIX, I Will Praise The Name Of God With A Song

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The USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir

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Symbol of Faith (the Creed), from Liturgy for Three Voices

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Vesna Children's Choir, Moscow

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With the Voice of the Archangel

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Rejoice, Our Joy

Choir of Precentor School, Moscow Theological Academy