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Dear friends,
 

Welcome to our site of modern Orthodox music.

By modern orthodox music we mean music of religious content written by Orthodox composers during the last several years. We consider 1988, the year when we celebrated the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia, to be  the starting point of the Orthodox present.

What kind of modern Orthodox music existis now?

First of all it’s music related to divine worship performed in church. It’s intended to enlarge and intensify the state of praying. According to the Orthodox Devine Service tradition, it’s music for choir only. Secondly, it’s spiritual music which is performed at concerts; it’s all-sufficient, composed to deliver the theological and moral matter of the texts to the audience through the emotional experience in a concert hall environment. Such music certainly is of missionary importance, they often use singing voices escorted by different instruments or by the orchestra in it. The instrumental music without words, using familiar orthodox service texts, refers here too.

And thirdly it’s music combining divine worship features and concert value.

Does the Church need new spiritual music written by our contemporaries? There exists Znamenny Raspev (Znamenny Chant) and its derivatives, after all; there is obikhod singing. Besides a lot of spiritual concerts that have been written since the times of Bortnyanski.

But we think that now, in the early 21st century, when we know and can accomplish many things, spiritual music is necessary and essential.

The church choirs repertoire along with the concert repertoire needs renovation. They mostly sing the works of the 19th century composers at the choir places and religious concerts. As for the spiritual music of the 20th – early 21st centuries, it hasn’t become divine service customary yet and is seldom heard at concerts.

Modern spiritual music distribution in e-form (in a digital format) through the Internet makes this music available to the church choir masters and to the secular musicians wishing to perform religious music at concerts.

The “Church composer” site has a separate web page for each composer writing Orthodox spiritual music, were you can find scores and also audio and video records of the singing. This music undergoes an examination at the Advisory Council, which consists of the clergy, choir masters and Union of Russian Composers members. We will also publish some articles dedicated to the current problems in modern Orthodox music.

 

Announcements, News
 

30 April. A pop ballad composed for the Netherlands' new king has been withdrawn as the official anthem

A pop ballad composed for the Netherlands' new king has been withdrawn as the official anthem following ridicule and outcry by thousands of Dutch citizens. Released on Friday, John Ewbank's Koningslied (King's Song) drew 40,000 signatures to an online petition calling for the project to be abandoned. details »»»

Patriarch Kirill greets Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the occasion of his Name Day

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following message of greetings to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchates department for external church relations and rector of Sts Cyril and Methodiuss Church Post-Graduate and Doctoral School, on the occasion of his Name Day: details »»»

On 31 May 2010 the Holy Synod will consider a provision for the Patriarchal Council for Culture

On 31 May 2010 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met for a regular session at the historical building of the Sacred Governing Synod in St. Petersburg. The session was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. details »»»

On 24 May Ss Cyril and Methodius-troparion of A.Mikita was performed at the State Kremlin Palace

On 24 May 2010, the first performance of Troparion to the Ss Cyril and Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles and the Enlighteners of the Slavs composed by Andrey Mikita took place at the State Kremlin Palace in concert to the Day of Slavonic Literature and Culture. details »»»

on 20 May Metropolitan Hilarions symphony "The Song of Ascents" was recited at the Vaticans Paul VI Hall

A concert of Russian spiritual music took place on 20 May 2010 at the Vaticans Paul VI Hall. The Russian National Orchestra and Moscow Synodal Choir performed Metropolitan Hilarions symphony "The Song of Ascents" also works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and other Russian composers. details »»»

On 30 October A.Puzakov and A.Viskov will present a musical mystery play based on works by A.Pushkin

On 30 October in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International House of Music conductor Alexei Puzakov and composer Anton Viskov will present a musical mystery play "The Lord of my days" based on works by A.Pushkin. details »»»

On 11 October in the Small hall of the Moscow conservatory play Mikhail Petukhov

On 11 October in the Small hall of the Moscow conservatory in concert of the Moscow state academic philharmonic society play Mikhail Petukhov (piano). details »»»

 

 

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