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.
Anton Stepanovich Arensky (1861–1906)
Upas-Tree. Op. 14. Lyrics by A. Pushkin (Music text example)
TWO CHOIRS FOR MALE VOICES. Op. 31
1. Prayer. Lyrics by Ya. Polonsky
2. Night. Lyrics by A. Fet
THREE CHOIRS. Op. 39
1. Lullaby. Lyrics by N. P-o
2. Pearls and Love. Lyrics by Yek. Beketova
3. Serenade. Lyrics by V. Velichko (Music text example)
Nocturne. From the music to the poem by A. Pushkin “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”. Op. 46, № 3. Lyrics by A. Pushkin
TWO QUARTETS. Op. 55
1. Everything is Tired Around. Lyrics by A. Fet
2. They Loved Each Other. Lyrics by M. Lermontov (from Heine)
THREE QUARTETS OR CHOIRS FOR FOUR VOICES AND CELLO. Op. 57. Lyrics by A. Fet
2. To Faded Stars
3. Hot Spring (Music text example)
Supplement. Poetical Text Originals