Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) was a Russian composer of symphonies, concertos, operas, and chamber music. He remains a favorite of audiences. He is lesser known for his choral settings of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. His career began as a civil servant, but he received a Western musical education at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He attempted to wed his Western education to his Russian folk roots. Folk purists might find fault with that effort, but from a Western perspective, his music is a culmination of Romanticism, steeped in folk heritage.
His music is well known and much loved. He tried marriage so that he might appear to be of “normal” sexuality, but that was a disaster. He wrote to his brother concerning it:
There is no doubt that for some months on and I was a bit insane and only now, when I’m completely recovered, have I learned to relate objectively to everything which I did during my brief insanity. That man who in May took it into his head to marry Antonina Ivanova, who during June wrote a whole opera as though nothing had happened, who in July married, who in September fled from his wife, who in November railed at Rome and so on – that man wasn’t I, but another, Pyotr Ilyich.
He was dogged with depression throughout his life. Yet his music is beautiful and much loved. Few would suspect, for example, that the Nut Cracker uite arose from such turmoil.
Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
Liturgy. Fragments. Vladimir Miller basso profundo
“Hymn of the Cherubim
9 Sacred Pieces No. 1 – Cherubic Hymn 1
9 Sacred Pieces No. 4 – To Thee We Sing
9 Sacred Pieces No. 5 – It is truly meet
9 Sacred Pieces No 6 – Lord’s Prayer
9 Sacred Pieces No. 7 – Blesssed are they whom Thou hast chosen
9 Sacred Pieces No. 8 – Let my prayer arise
9 Sacred Pieces No. 9 – Now the powers of Heaven
Male Choir of St. Petersburg: “The Lord’s Prayer”
Hymn of the Cherubim – USSR Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir
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