The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the harmonisations of church chants carried out by P.D. Samarin, who belonged to a famous Moscow noble family and was an active participant of Moscow Society for Church Singing (Russ. Московское общество любителей церковного пения). One of his spheres of work in this Society was just the harmonisation of church chants. Samarin devoted almost all his life to this work. Being a modest person, he never published his harmonisations, but a range of samples which, in my opinion, deserve attention has been preserved in manuscript form. In this article, the object of study is manuscripts that are now kept in Glinka National Museum of Musical Culture, namely Приидите поклонимся (Church Slavonic ‘Let us Come and Worship’), Слава… Единородный Сыне (‘Glory... Only Begotten Son’), Свете тихий (‘O Quiet Light’) and Хвалите Имя Господне (‘Praise the Name of Lord’). All the samples have transparent texture, clear harmony, and demonstrate stylistic features, typical of Russian church-service chants. The melodies are ususally close in terms of intonation to various church chants (Concise, Znamenny, Kievan), though they are not accompanied by any specifi c guidelines. Triads and triad sounds predominate in the harmonic vertical, the modal variability is widespread. P. D. Samarin’s manuscripts dealt with in this article expand our knowledge about one of the signifi cant sides of his work, while the identifi cation of stylistic distinctiveness of harmonisations of church chants that he carried out characterise him as a connoisseur of everyday church singing.
Moscow Society for Church Singing, harmonisation, Petr Dmitrievich Samarin, ‘Let us Come and Worship’, ‘Glory... Only Begotten Son’, ‘O Quiet Light’, ‘Praise the Name of Lord’
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Rybakova Nadezhda Academic Degree:
Candidate of Sciences*
in Art Criticism; Place of work:
St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov Pereulok, Moscow, 127051, Russian Federation; ORCID: 0000-0002-4940-9937
*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.