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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Grauer)

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Subtitle: From Vespers, Opus 37

General Info

Year: 1915 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Daehn Publications, distributed by C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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Program Notes

Chant-like textures of the Russian Orthodox Church are infused with Rachmaninoff’s incomparable melodies. Exquisite music beautifully arranged for winds.

- Program Note from publisher

The All-Night Vigil is an a-cappella choral composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff, his Op. 37, written and premiered on March 23, 1915, in Moscow.

The piece consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as Rachmaninoff's finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church". It was one of Rachmaninoff's two favorite compositions along with The Bells, and the composer requested that its fifth movement (Nunc Dimittis) be sung at his funeral.

The title of the work is often mis-translated as simply Vespers. This is both literally and conceptually incorrect as applied to the entire work: only the first six of its fifteen movements set texts from the Russian Orthodox canonical hour of Vespers.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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