Olekhnovich Elena

Slavniki in the singing book of "Prazdniki" (“Feasts”) as a text of art

Olekhnovich Elena (2017) "Slavniki in the singing book of "Prazdniki" (“Feasts”) as a text of art ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2017, vol. 27, pp. 39-50 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201727.39-50


This article analyses the genre of stichera-slavnik of the Twelve Great Feasts from the point of a text of art. The main object of research is relationships and principles of organisation of the genre of stichera which make possible its inclusion in various contextual structures positioning this genre within the framework of the singing book of the Feasts. The main method of the study is the analysis of images and meanings of poetical and musical texts of slavniki with the aim of detecting the intertwining artistic techniques. Among other features, there can be traced musical and poetical symbols in their interrelationship, arcs in content, intonation and poetics, systematic and non-systematic structural elements on various levels. Besides, the paper discusses the musical composition of slavniki within echoi, which allows us to evaluate the intonation links developed in the book, which are provided for by slavniki, and to obtain a deeper insight in the substance of the concept of echos. It has been found out as a result of the study that slavniki function as key elements in the structure of the Feasts. They make up crosspoints of meanings, and both verbal and singing texts participate in this process. The integral role of slavniki in structuring the poetics of the book will allow us to study festive stichera not as separate and unconnected hymns but as an integrated system with meaningful regularities of organisation.


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Olekhnovich Elena

Place of work: The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory; 3, Teatralnaya square, Saint Petersburg 190000, Russian Federation;
Email: svitenkova@mail.ru.