Nikolai Bakhmetev (1807-1891)

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BAKHMETEV, Nikolai Ivanovich (b. 1807, the estate Bakhmetevka, in today’s Atkarsk region of the Saratov district; d. 31 August [12 September] 1891, St. Petersburg) — a major-general by rank and an amateur violinist, from 1842–61 Bakhmetev maintained a chorus and orchestra of serfs at his estate. From 1861 to 1883 served as the Director of the Imperial Court Chapel; supervised an edition of the Obikhod notnovo tserkovnovo peniya [The common book of musical church singing] (2 vols., 1869–1879), making minor changes to the version of A. F. Lvov. (The editorial work mostly consisted of doubling the chant melody in the first bass part, which results in acoustically crude triads in the men’s parts.) Bakhmetev’s tenure was marked by a particular conservatism in the field of church-musical repertoire, until 1879, when the censorship powers of the Imperial Court Chapel’s Director were curtailed by a suit brought against Bakhmetev by the firm of P. Jurgenson in connection with B.’s attempt to forbid the publication of Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy. Bakhmetev’s own few sacred works are of little interest.

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Baptismal Prokeimenon (Tone 3)

Nikolai Bakhmetev

Come, Bless the Lord

St. Symeon Orthodox Church Choir

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The Canon

Nikolai Bakhmetev

Matins for Holy Friday (The Burial of Christ)

Choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London

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Magnification

Nikolai Bakhmetev

Life-Giving Wood (Feast of the Elevation of the Cross)

St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale

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Before Your Cross

Nikolai Bakhmetev

Life-Giving Wood (Feast of the Elevation of the Cross)

St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale