Composed in 1909, Paliashvili’s choral setting of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is based on transcriptions of traditional Georgian chant used for the Orthodox liturgy in Eastern Georgia. Georgian chant is a unique form of multi-part singing that has existed for one thousand years, possibly predating the emergence of polyphony in Western Europe. Its unusual voice leading and non-functional harmonic progressions give the music an extraordinarily other-worldly character. Like Paliashvili’s original, this edition may be sung in either Georgian or Church Slavonic, both of which are transliterated in the score.
(Paliashvili’s entire Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, recorded in Georgian for the first time ever in 2014, is available on a landmark recording by the Capitol Hill Chorale, Frederick Binkholder, conductor. Our cat. no. K088)