Mikhail Kollontay
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Eight Sacred Synfonias

for three violins, three violas and three cellos

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op.3 (1974-1975)

Other author(s): chants of the Russian Orthodox Church of various epochs and styles

Scoring:
3 V-ni, 3 V-le, 3 V-c

Movements:
CHANTS OF VESPER
1. "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" (demestic chant [rospev])
2. "Lord, I Have Cried unto Thee" (kievan chant [rospev], tone 3)

CHANTS OF THE HOLY WEEK
3. "O Come, Let Us Bless the Holy Joseph" [sticheron on kissing the Shroud of Christ] (opekalov chant [rospev])
4. "Benign Joseph" [troparion] (bulgarian chant [rospev])
5. Trisagion [funeral] (opekalov chant)
6. "Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh at Midnight" [troparion] (kievian chant, tone 8)

CHANTS OF CHRISTMAS
7. "God Is with Us" [prophetical ode of Prophet Isaiah] (znamenny chant [rospev], tone 8)
8. "Today the Virgin Gives Birth to Oversubstantial" [kontakion] (partesny concerto)

Theatralization: impossible

Duration: 75′

Performance: the ensemble, conductor Mikhail Kollontay, Moskow, Znamensky Cathedral, March (the date unknown) 1984

violins:
Victor Abramjan, Lucia Ibragimova, Sergey Mironov

violas:
Natalia Panasyuk, Yury Vdovichenko, Alexey Dyachkov

cellos:
Sergey Golubtsov, Lyudmila Marchenko, Anton Karlin


Extra info
Temporary, the composition was known as Eight Chamber Symphonies

Edition/Recordings
audio: soloists’ ensemble “Northern Crown,” art director Igor Zaydenshnir, conductor Yuri Nikolaevsky (complete 8 sinfonias are recorded)

published: sinfonias Nos. 1-6:
Six Sacred Symphonies
ensemble Northern Crown
Igor Zaydenshnir
Russian Disc, RD CD 10 004, USA – Canada, 1996
[the conductor's name is skipped by the error]

sinfonias 7.8 - no information about publication

music score's edition: no information

parts: library of the Moscow Union of Composers; library and author's website

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