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Alexander Kastalsky

Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes (Requiem)

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Church Slavonic
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A143_kastalsky_thumb Kastalsky: Memory Eternal (1917)


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When World War I broke out, Alexander Kastalsky immediately conceived of an eclectic, "ecumenical" Requiem, which would use melodies from the various nations and faiths allied with Russia (Roman Catholic France, Anglican England, and others). By 1916 he had completed at least two different choral-orchestral versions, as well as a version for chorus and organ. Critics hailed Kastalsky’s Requiem as the most important sacred choral work composed in Russia since Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (1915). The composer then reworked the Requiem into an a cappella version in Church Slavonic, which followed the order of the Russian Orthodox panihida. This is the version, originally published in 1917, presented in this new edition. This 45-minute work represents a major addition to the lineup of Russian choral masterworks as well as to the repertoire of Requiem settings by major Romantic-era composers.
Kastalsky was acclaimed as the founder of the “new Russian choral school,” centered around the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing and its Synodal Choir. His compositional innovations--extensive use of chant, rich choral orchestration and variety of texture, unconventional voice leading reminiscent of folk song--inspired such composers as Gretchaninoff, Chesnokov, Nikolsky and Rachmaninoff, amidst a host of others.

Table of Contents

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Alexander Kastalsky's World War I Requiem (by V. Morosan)
Text of the Orthodox Panihida (Requiem)
1. Alexander Kastalsky The Great Litany
2. Alexander Kastalsky Alleluia and With Profound Wisdom
3. Alexander Kastalsky Give Rest, O Our Savior Pdf_small
4. Alexander Kastalsky Give Rest, O Lord
5. Alexander Kastalsky I Will Pour Out My Prayer
6. Alexander Kastalsky With the Saints Give Rest Pdf_small
7. Alexander Kastalsky Thou Alone Art Immortal Pdf_small
8. Alexander Kastalsky Thou Art God, Who Descended into Hades
9. Alexander Kastalsky Give Rest, O God
10. Alexander Kastalsky Triple Litany
11. Alexander Kastalsky Memory Eternal
Appendix - Full Text of the Great Litany
Appendix - Full Text of the Triple Litany
The RUSSICA Transliteration System

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