The publication “Anthology. The Russian Secular Choir Music a Cappella. XIX — early XX” is the educational aid on the subject “History of the Russian Choir Music” intended for the students of the choir-conducting departments at the conservatoires, music colleges and art institutes.
The Anthology consists of twenty issues, every one of which is devoted correspondingly to the composers, having made profound contribution to the Russian choral music. The collection may be con-sidered rather unique, because it includes all secular choral opuses a cappella, even those, which either had never been published, or hadn’t been edited since the pre-revolution time.
Every issue is opened by the preface narrating about this or that composer’s creative peculiarities. Combined in one whole and disposed according to the chronology, these essays may be accepted as one of the parts from the lectures of the “History of the Russian Choir Music”. Every issue contains the supplements, where the lyrics are adduced originally without any cuts.
Every issue is provided with audio CD, where the Petersburg Chamber Choir conducted by Nikolai Kornev performs the choruses published inside.
This is the first time that the edition of the Russian secular choir music is realized so voluminously.
The compiler expresses gratitude to N. E. Vasilyeva, candidate of arts, N. D. Svetozarova, doctor of philology, and T. A. Kitanina, candidate of philology for the assistance during the preparation of this publication.
Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky (1813–1869)
From the Clime, the Far Clime. Verses by N. Yazykov (Music text example)
Where Is Our Rose? Verses by A. Pushkin
Two Ravens. Verses by A. Pushkin
Come to Me. Verses by A. Koltsov
Why Has the Voice of Joy Ceased? Verses by A. Pushkin
Here’s a Health to Thee, Mary. Verses by A. Pushkin (from Barry Cornwall)
At the Wild North. Verses by M. Lermontov (from Heine)
On the Calm Waves. Verses by the unknown author
As the Goblin Late at Night. Verses by the unknown author
Wonderful Day, Happy Day! Verses by A. Delvig
As the Blizzard Darkens the Heaven. Verses by A. Pushkin
They Say There Is the Land. Verses by A. Timofeyev
As the Gaudy Summer Is Withering. Verses by A. Pushkin
Supplement. Poetical Text Originals