Bogoroditse Devo (arr. Salzman)

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (trans. Timothy Salzman)

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General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: A capella choir
Publisher: Shattinger
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

Rachmaninoff was a composer, pianist, and conductor. He was widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Choral music makes up a relatively small part of Rachmaninoff’s creative output, yet the medium inspired what many music lovers treasure as his most profoundly affecting composition. Vespers, Op. 37 consists of 15 liturgical choral works for a-capella choir and was composed in less than two weeks in January and February 1915. The first performance was given in Moscow on March 10th of that year. It was received warmly by critics and audiences alike, and was so successful that it was performed five more times within a month. “Even in my dreams I could not have imagined that I would write such a work,” Rachmaninoff told the singers at the first performance.

Vespers draws from the ancient musical tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church, with its self-effacing focus on communal worship. The work shows Rachmaninoff anticipating an alternative to modernism’s abrupt break with tradition by reclaiming early-music elements outside the mainstream classical tradition -- a strategy that continues to be followed by a wide spectrum of contemporary composers.

- Program Note by William Johnson for San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 6 December 2013


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