Mikhail Kollontay
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Eight Sacred Symphonies

for three violins, three violas and three cellos

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op.3 (1974-1975)

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, cond. Mikhail Kollontay, Moskow, Znamensky Cathedral, about 1988

Extra info
1. Versions of the chants of Russian Orthodox Church.
2. Temporary, the composition was nown as "Eight Chamber Symphonies".

Edition/Recordings
record: 1.2.3.4.5.6. “Six Spiritual Symphonies”, op. 3 // Russian Disc. RD CD 10 004, USA – Canada, 1996. Performed by soloists’ ensemble “Northern Crown,” Igor Zaydenshnir.

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