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«Lahkumisele»
On Leaving

 

 

On Leaving
performed by the
early music consort
Hortus Musicus,
conducted by
Andres Mustonen.
Recorded live
at the festival
NYYD ’99,
at Niguliste Church
in Tallinn,
on 25th November
1999.

Galina Grigorjeva

Her compositions
have been
performed
in the Ukraine,
Russia, Poland,
Germany and
France.

...On Leaving:
.
Galina Grigorjeva: «For this composition I turned to the prayer book, and I selected certain lines from the Canon to Jesus Christ Our Lord and the Virgin Mary on the Hour of Leaving of Orthodox Souls (pts.1-3) and from the chapter On Burying Lay People (pts.4-5). All five parts of the work are connected via the Word, despite the fact that the Word is not actually uttered — not once over the entire course of the composition. Melodies are strictly subjected to the texts. Because the more the melody is representative of the text, the more appropriate the melody is. The incapability of musical instruments to utter the Word does not diminish its power, rather to the contrary. Similarly to melismatic chanting in church — singing to only one syllable, without words i.e. — instrumental «chanting» also calls upon all who hear to join, in spirit, in community singing. Working on the composition I acquainted myself with the 15th-17th century tradition of polyphonic singing and with various forms of Russian sacred poetry. The natural dissonance and the almost impenetrable rhythmic organisation of heterophonic polyphony I find most remarkable. It’s these very elements, to my mind, that give the national musical culture its distinctness.»

 

Estonian Radio selected Galina Grigorjeva's composition «Lahkumisele» (On Leaving) to participate at International Composers' Rostrum 2000 in Amsterdam

 

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«The incapability
of musical
instruments
to utter
the Word
does not
diminish
its power,
rather to
the contrary.»

Galina Grigorjeva

 

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