Grigorjev Yury; Grigorjeva Veronika

New data on the authorship and dating of the “Opekalovskiy” chant

Grigorjeva Veronika, Grigorjev Yury (2019) "New data on the authorship and dating of the “Opekalovskiy” chant ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2019, vol. 34, pp. 111-133 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201934.111-133


The chants with the remark “Opekalov”, “Opekalovskoe” have more than once caused controversy among specialists regarding their authorship and provenance. At present, many scholars share the view about Tver’ origin of “Opekalovskiy” chant, associating it with Opekalovo-Voznesenskiy monastery. Newly-found hook lists of “Opekalov” chants make us reconsider the established opinion as they indicate that these chants were created and circulated in the milieu of Moscow master-singers. The main argument in favour of the new version is the indication of the author of the “Opekalov” chant Придете ублажим Иосифа [“Come to Praise Joseph”], namely Леонтий диякон [“Leontiy Deacon”]. This master-singer is known in the history of Old Russian church singing as the creator of one of the systems of cinnabar indexes. Other archive materials testify to his acquaintance with priest Luka from Moscow church of Nikola Yavlenny at Arbatskie Vorota. Later, Leontiy became monk of Tolgskiy monastery, Yarloslavl’, which was the reason why his name was not included in the list of singers of Сказание о зарембах. Time of creation of “Come to Praise Joseph” in “Opekalovskiy” chant is the second third — middle of the 17th century, as evidenced by the features of notation, system of cinnabar indexes in the hook copies of “Come to Praise Joseph”, as well as by paleographic features of manuscripts in which they are included.


«opekalovskiy» rospev, masteropevets Leonty, «Pridete ublazhim Iosifa», cinnabar letters, letter system, Old Russian chants, znamenny chanting


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Information about the author

Grigorjev Yury

Place of work: Patriarch’s Centre for the Old Russian Liturgical Tradition; 83/3 Bakuninskaya Str., Moscow, 105182 Russian Federation;
Post: Precentor;
ORCID: 0000-0003-1826-359X;
Email: dagdanilog@gmail.com.

Grigorjeva Veronika

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Art Criticism;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov Pereulok, Moscow, 127052, Russian Federation;
Post: Associate Professor, Department of Precentor Training;
ORCID: 0000-0002-0934-792X;
Email: veronikagrigorjevaveronika@yandex.ru.

*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.