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Корнилова И. П. Житийная топика и ее музыкальное воплощение в монастырской кантате "Преподобный Савва игумен" Г.П. Дмитриева // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия V: Вопросы истории и теории христианского искусства. 2017. Вып. 27. С. 152-159. DOI: 10.15382/sturV201727.152-159
This article deals with the spiritual cantata “Reverend Hegumen Savva” by Georgy Petrovich Dmitriev, which was written in eight parts for deacon reading and male choir a cappella. The cantata, characterised by a hagiographic theme, belongs to non-liturgical spiritual music. The main objective of our research is the identifi cation of topoi or “common places” in vitae of monks and founders of monasteries, occurring in the cantata, as well as the study of how these topoi were further developed and refl ected.
hagiography, topos, lives of saints, monastic lives, musical refl ection of a topos,cantata.
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Kornilova Irina
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation;
Email: kornilowa-mezzo2012@yandex.ru.
Корнилова И. П. Музыкальное воплощение «житийных» особенностей во Второй симфонии А. П. Курченко «Житие Преподобного Сергия Радонежского» // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия V: Вопросы истории и теории христианского искусства. 2017. Вып. 28. С. 170-180. DOI: 10.15382/sturV201728.170-180
This article deals with the Second Symphony by Alexander Petrovich Kurchenko “The Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh” and pays special attention to features of the use of the canonical form of Life and main elements of topics typical of Lives of saints, as well as to details of their musical embodiment in the work in question. It was found that that the structure of the symphony diff ers from the canonical scheme of the extensive Life due to the absence of the introductory and fi nal parts. The symphony by A. Kurchenko exposes the main part of the canonical scheme of an extensive Life and includes a number of motifs (topoi) such as, for example, the motif of the Divine Signs preceding the birth of the saint, the motif of his inability to read and write overcome with God’s help, the motif of describing the decease of the saint, about which he usually knows in advance. The range of topoi also includes those that are specifi cally typical of Lives of monks and founders of monasteries, such as the future saint’s departure for the desert, the assembly of the brethren and the arrangement of the monastery, the deathbed instruction for the brethren.
hagiography, topos, Lives of saints, monastic Lives, musical refl ection of topos, symphony
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Kornilova Irina
Student status: Graduate student;
Place of study: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation;
Email: kornilowa-mezzo2012@yandex.ru.