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Church of St Michael and Our Lady, Wragby

Saturday 9th April 2005 at 7.30pm


Russian Orthodox Church Music (a capella, Slavonic)

1. Concert 16 “We praise you, O Lord!”(Tebe, Boga hvalim)- Dimitry Bortnjansky (1752 – 1825) born in Glukhov, Ukraine. Studied at both Moscow and St Petersburg under the Italian, and then followed him to Italy in 1768. He continued his musical studies at Bologna, Rome and Naples, composing and operas in Venice and Modena in 1778. He returned to Russia and in 1779 was appointed director of the Imperial Church Choir, which eventually became the Imperial Chapel. Beside his extensive religious music, which included 45 sacred pieces for choirs, he also wrote operas and instrumental pieces.

2. To the mystic feast, Son of God, invite me as a guest. (Vecheri tvoeja tainija)- Alexei Lvov

3. Mother of Lord, rejoice (Bogorodize, Devo raduisia) - Anonymous composer

Virgin Mother of god, rejoice, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
for thou has given birth to the Saviour  of our souls.

4. Blessed is the Man (Blazhen muzh)- Pavel Tchesnokov (1877 – 1944)

Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly. Alleluia.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Alleluia. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling. Alleluia.
Blessed are all that have put their trust in Him. Alleluia. Arise,
O Lord, save me, O my God.
Alleluia. Salvation belong  unto the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
now and ever to the ages of ages.
Amen. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, Lord.

5.The Angel Exclaimed (Angel vopijashe)- M.Musorgskij

6. In your Kingdom (Vo zarstvii tvoem)- Dobri Xristov, Bulgarian composer of Orthodox music. Mainly based in Sofia.

7. Lord, now lettest thou (Nine otpuschaeshi)- Alexandr Grechaninov (1864 – 1956) born in Moscow, he became a pupil of Rimsky- Korsakov at the St Petersburg Conservatory. His works are in the traditional Russian idiom although from his residency later in France and the USA he also wrote for the Roman Catholic Church, endeavoring to embrace, musically, Christianity of both East and West.

Lord, Now Lettest Thou Servant Depart in Peace
Lord, Now Lettest Thou Servant Depart in Peace, according to Thy word:
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the
face of all people ,a light to lighten the gentiles , and to be the glory of Thy people Israel.

8. Let My Prayer Rise To Thee (Da ispravitsja molitva moja)- Pavel Tchesnokov (1877 – 1944)

Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight like incense,
and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
Lord, I have cried to Thee, hear me; hear the voice of my prayer, when I cry to Thee.
Set a watch, Lord, before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips.
Incline not my heart to an evil thing, nor to practice wicked deeds.
Let my prayer be set forth     etc.

9. Rejoice (wedding hymn) (Isaie,likui-Anonim/svadebnij gimn,venchanie/) –Anonymous composer

10. Lord’s prayer (Otche nash)- N.N.Kedrov

Our Father, Which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name;


Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, in Earth as  it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the Evil One. Amen

11.Those Evening Bells (Vecherny zvon)-words by Thomas Moore

The youth comes to the end and then life comes to the end. Only bells can be heard as before.

The song is so popular in Russia. That we think it to be a Russian folk song.

12.Dear little rowan (Riabinushka).

13.Cherub’s Song ( Heruvimskaja pesn) - Dimitry Bortnjansky (1752 – 1825)

Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life–creating Trinity,
now lay aside earthly cares. Amen.
That we may receive the King of All, Who comes invisibly escorted by the
angelic hosts. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

14. Be glorified (Kol’ slaven) - Dimitry Bortnjansky (1752 – 1825)

Oh, great is the Lord in Zion. Oh, great is the Lord in the Heaven and on the Earth.
Everywhere you are a great, oh Lord, on the Night and on the day.
Oh Lord we will create altar toy Thee in our hearts and we will sing to Thee.

Russian Folk Songs (a cappella Russian)

1. A solemn hymn dating back to Peter-the-Greats’ time (Raduisja Petre)

2. In the dark woods (V temnom lese)

An ancient Russian folk-song about a farmer dreaming of abundant harvest.

3. Oh, my battle field (Uz ti pole moe)

A grievous song about a brave soldier.

4. It is high time, lads. Stop drinking. Make your own beer now!(Polno, polno vam , rebjata)

5. Farewell, my joy! (Prochai radost’)

All those who are in love promise to do more than they actually can. But surprisingly enough, when in love, people may surpass themselves, so that any obstacles only seen to strengthen their love.

6. A little cuckoo-bird (Kukushechka)

While walking in the woods, a young girl hears a cuckoo crying, which manes her start guessing who she would marry.

7. A lonely bell’s ringing (Odnozvuchno gremit kolokol’chik)

You can here a lonely bell’s ringing. The coach driver is singing a sad song. This sad song reminded me my homeland fields and woods, and made my heart burn and tears run down my cheeks. The driver fell silent, and there is a long way ahead.

8. Oh, street, merry street! (Uliza-uliza)

A young man is coming back home after a Saturday booze. And everything in the street seems to be dancing together with him.

9. Kalinka

A sweet Russian girl is walking in a garden and sees a berry, its name is “Kalinka”. She is so happy to see it that begins to dance around this berry and softly sings “Kalinka-Malinka, Kalinka maya” and so on.

10. A serenade of 4 ladies’ men ( Serenada 4-x kavalerov).

Now that the whole street is sleeping we are standing here, under your window! Your door is so familiar, and we know your house too. We are waiting impatiently for you to open the door and let us in. All the four of us. We love so dearly, we are just dying of love. But you’d better make haste and open the door or otherwise we may change our minds … and get off to some other girls.

11. Folk Accordion (Town of Tula was famous for this instrument) /Tyl’skaja garmon’/

A playful song about two friends who bought two boats with holes in the bottom.

12. Hymn to the Russian Tzar.

13. Hey, you, the Don young fellows! (Ei, donchi – molodchi).

The hymn is to glorify Russian Cossacks. Cossacks were a nationality living along the Don river. In the 19th century they belonged to a military estate.


St Michael and Our Lady, Wragby
Sung Eucharist, 11am each Sunday


To enquire about Baptisms, Weddings or any other matter
please contact the Vicar, Fr John Hadjioannou
01977 610497 john@minster.co.uk


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