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71[orthodox-synod] Re: Die Musik

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  • Rev. John R. Shaw
    Jun 12, 1999
      Perhaps we are arguing at cross-purposes. If you include the ancient music
      along with the composers who reworked it, then we are on the same
      wavelength...

      On Fri, 11 Jun 1999, Oleg Reoutt wrote:

      >
      >
      > "Rev. John R. Shaw" wrote:
      > >
      > > Be that as it may, it is a matter of history that in 1840 or so, when
      > > L'vov's music was first sung in the Moscow Uspensky cathedral (cathedral
      > > of the Dormition, in the Kremlin), the worshippers, who had been
      > > accustomed to going there specially to hear Znamenny chant, were so
      > > offended that many walked out of the church.
      >
      > Dear Father John,
      > what does the fact that people, hearing something they were not used to,
      > walk out of the church, prove?
      > I love Znamennyj Chant: we often use it to sing "Velichanie", prokimen
      > and "Exapostilarion" on feast days. But how about Kievan chant (not the
      > Bahmetev simplified)? Beautiful. How about Soloviev's Passion Week from
      > the Cerkovno Pevcheskij Sbornik (St Petersburg 1904)? etc...
      >
      > >> You have named many famous composers, but remember that, had it
      > > not been for the older liturgical music of the Russian Church, they would
      > > have had nowhere to start from...
      >
      > But is'nt that the way it normally happens? Should today's composer give
      > up because everything has already been accomplished?
      >
      > Oleg
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