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Composer Grigory Lvovsky

Lord, Have Mercy (Ghospodi pomiluy) by Grigory Lvovsky

Grigory Lvovsky Transliteration Church Slavonic Mixed chorus Four voices Sacred Musica Russica
Choral Score $1.95; Link to Full Score;
Opus Op. 34; Duration: 2:00;
Григорий Львовский Господи помилуй

Composer(s) Grigory Lvovsky; In Transliteration, Church Slavonic; For Mixed chorus ; Style/Genre Sacred; Publisher Musica Russica;

At the Orthodox feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the bishop solemnly lowers and raises the Cross, blessing the four corners of the world, as the words "Ghospodi pomiluy" (Lord, have mercy) are sung 75 times. Grigory Lvovsky (1830-1894) was a prominent choral conductor in two of St. Petersburg's largest cathedrals. He was a student of Western Renaissance polyphony and a pioneer in the area of harmonizing traditional church chants for choir. His best-known work, a setting of "Ghospodi, pomiluy" (made popular by such groups as the Don Cossack Choir) is uncharacteristic in that it makes no use of any chant melodies but effectively uses harmonic progressions and dynamics to accompany the lowering and subsequent raising (exaltation) of the Cross. (Also available in an arrangements for TTBB and SAB choir.)

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