This article studies an important episode in the wide-ranging activity of the prominent Russian music publisher P. I. Jurgenson in the fi eld of publication of Russian legacy of spiritual music of the 2nd half of the 18th — early 19th centuries. The largescale project of publication of the spiritual music by M. S. Berezovsky, as well as by B. Galuppi, S. I. Davydov, J. Sarti and other composers, devised in the 2nd half of the 1880s, was not fully accomplished because the manuscripts proposed for publication became an object of fi erce criticism of infl uential professional musicians. This article analyses for the fi rst time two manuscript scores of the Liturgy with Communion verses by M. S. Berezovsky which contain the reviewers’ comments. These manuscripts were read by P. I. Tchaikovsky and K. K. Albrecht, who expressed their negative assessment due to many mistakes in copying of choral parts. It is found that the works of Berezovsky, published by Jurgenson, were fi nally edited by Albrecht; the dating of these publications is made more precise; the interest of the scholars of the 1920s for these manuscripts is mentioned as well. The article is concluded with a brief description of the present-day historiography and publication of spiritual music by Berezovsky, which is directly linked to the predecessors’ work. The article also mentions the non-critical replication of erroneous scores together with the correct reading of the sources. The appendix contains the score of the Communion verse Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Хвалите Господа с небес, in G-dur) reconstructed by Antonina Lebedeva-Emelina.
Maxim Berezovsky, Pyotr Jurgenson, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Karl Albrecht, sacred music, attribution, editing of sacred music, reconstruction of sacred music, source criticism
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Lebedeva-Emelina Antonina Academic Degree:
Doctor of Sciences*
in Art Criticism; Academic Rank:
Senior Research Fellow; Place of work:
State Institute for Art Studies; 5 Kozitskii Pereulok, Moscow, 125009, Russian Federation; Post:
Senior Researcher; ORCID: 0000-0003-0803-6879
*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.
Komarov Alexander Academic Degree:
Candidate of Sciences*
in Art Criticism; Place of work:
Russian National Museum of Music; 4 Fadeeva Str., Moscow, 125047, Russian Federation; Post:
Leading Researcher; ORCID: 0000-0002-9613-2213
*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.