"Pavel Chesnokov's Op. 45, In Days of Battle: a new publication and conductor’s analysis"

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James Andrew Keith (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Welborn Young

Abstract: Within the standard U.S. choral repertoire, Pavel Chesnokov is not an obscure name. His name is mostly associated with the frequently performed "Salvation is Created", a favorite among choirs and audiences, especially during the Christmas season. The aim of this document is to provide a new edition of a sacred choral concerto composed by Chesnokov, previously unpublished outside of Russia, as well as a conductor's analysis of the work. The concerto, "In the days of battle", ?p. 45, first published in 1915, is an a cappella sacred concerto in six movements including one supplemental arrangement of the fifth movement (5a) for an all-male chorus. The texts for the work are drawn from existing Orthodox services, and the Orthodox book Prayers for Various Occasions. The analysis will show how Chesnokov organized these texts to make a specific work relevant to periods of battle and infirmity, which was a prominent social issue at the time of original publication. During Chesnokov's lifetime, he authored a book entitled The Choir, and How To Direct It. Chesnokov sought to have this book translated and published abroad, but was unsuccessful during his lifetime. It wasn't until 2010 that John Rommereim, of Grinnell College in Iowa, completed a translation, and Musica Russica in San Diego has subsequently published the book. This work represents a most valuable resource for choral conductors regarding the performance practice of pre-revolutionary Russian choral music. This book will provide the foundation for the other component of this document: a practical conductor's analysis and performance suggestions for "In the days of battle". By applying the concepts of Chesnokov's book to this specific work, the choral conductor will have a strong foundation to approach other choral works from this incredible genre of music.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Chesnokov, Opus 45, Pre-Revolutionary Russian Choral Music, Sacred Concerto
Chesnokov, P. G. $q (Pavel Grigor'evich), $d 1877-1944. $t Vo dni brani
Choral music $z Russia
Choral music $x Analysis, appreciation
Choral music $x Analysis, appreciation

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