Khvatova Svetlana

Implementation of creative potential under orthodox singing canon

Khvatova Svetlana (2017) "Implementation of creative potential under orthodox singing canon ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2017, vol. 27, pp. 135-151 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201727.135-151


This article analyzes the contemporary composer's creativity in the canonical Orthodox liturgical texts. It touches upon the problem of creative self-realization in the choir, the need for skill ownership arrangements, harmonization, styling and treatment when working with the choir singing the notes. The aim of the article is the main trends of development of Orthodox art of composing the post-Soviet time. The scientific significance of the research is related to the systematization of the works from the standpoint of the accumulation of spiritual potential, a particular manifestation of the "will to the sacred". The analysis is based on historical and sociological research methods involving art-specific tools. Circle the authors covered in the article - it is musicians who are in the church - choir, choir directors, clergy, sometimes reaching a sufficiently high level in the church hierarchy. At the end of the twentieth century, the problems haphazard accumulation of a critical mass of new works for the church, the lack of common criteria "liturgical" chants created. In the post-Soviet decade, the number of authors numbered in tens, now, at the beginning of XXI century is the time separating "the wheat from the chaff." Attention is drawn to the existence of the rules of the musical presentation of the liturgical text starting. Addresses the issue of training of the future regents basics of composition, which should be based on a detailed analysis of the syntactic structure, the rhythm of the verse analogues, copy typical melodic and harmonic turns of a certain voice. Revealed facts "podtekstovok" music, was not originally intended to be sung in the Orthodox Church: up to folk songs and instrumental works. To best suit the dispensation of the Orthodox worship, liturgical composers in their works appeal to the stable motives and themes, structural cliché musical-lexical and textured cliché known works of the author's style and as role models. Traditionally, the sometimes perceived in the secular work of composer as a triviality, in the church becomes dignity, recognition and guarantee of continuity.


composer, creativity, liturgical works, canon, author, tradition, Innovation, style, poetics, prayerinnovat, ion.


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Information about the author

Khvatova Svetlana

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Art Criticism;
Place of work: Adyghe State University; 208, Pervomaiskaya st., 385000 Maykop, Russian Federation;
ORCID: 0000-0002-9711-456X;
Email: hvatova_svetlana@mail.ru.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.