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FULL SOLEMN CANTATA in Memory of the 100th Anniversary of A. S. Pushkin (Glazunov) St.Petersburg 2024

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  • Published by: Chapel of St. Petersburg  
  • Date Published: 2024  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
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I department

Solemn cantata in memory of the 100th anniversary of A.S. Pushkin.

II department

Literary and musical composition based on the story by Alexander Pushkin to the music of Georgy Sviridov.
Reader – Nikolai Burov.

Commemorative Cantata for the Centenary of the Birth of Pushkin (Russian: Торжественная кантата в память 100-летней годовщины А. С. Пушкина), Op. 65, is a cantata by Alexander Glazunov, composed in 1899 in memory of author Alexander Pushkin. It is also known as Memorial Cantata (Мемориальная кантата) and Cantata in Memory of Pushkin’s 100th Birthday (Кантата к 100-летию А. С. Пушкина). The work in five movements on lyrics by Konstantin Romanov is scored for solo voices, choir and piano.

Glazunov composed the cantata in 1899. That year, he assumed a position as professor of instrumentation at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. In the cantata, he set a text by the Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov, written under his pen name K.R. It was first performed on 6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1899 to celebrate the centenary of Pushkin. Glazunov composed his ballet The Seasons, Op. 67, the same year.

Scoring and structure
The cantata is structured in five movements and scored for mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed choir and piano. The first movement, “In a teeming multitude” (Russian: Мы многолюдною толпою…), is named Chorus (Хор), marked “Allegro” and set for choir. It has been described as a “jubilant” opening and a very Russian chorus of gratitude.

The second movement, “At this peaceful cradle” (Russian: У этой тихой колыбели…), is named Berceuse (Колыбельная), marked “Allegretto” and sung by the mezzo-soprano.

The third movement, “His childhood years passed” (Russian: Прошли младенческие годы…), is named again Chorus, marked “Moderato”, set for mezzo-soprano and choir.

The fourth movement, “From the cares of the dreary world” (Russian: От забот земли унылой…), is named Aria (Ария), for the solo tenor, marked “Andante”, an “aria of praise”.

The last movement, “Ever glorious and without compare” (Russian: Вечно, славный без сравненья…), is named Hymn (Гимн) and marked “Moderato assai”, set for all voices. It has been regarded as “a hymn, in which the two soloists join, exultantly taken up by the chorus, with a burst of joy at the close”.

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