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Above:  Pavel Chesnokov

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PAVEL GRIGORIEVICH CHESNOKOV (OCTOBER 24, 1877-MARCH 14, 1944)

Russian Orthodox Composer

Pavel Chesnokov composed nearly 500 works, about 400 of them sacred.

Chesnokov, born in Vladmir, near Moscow, the Russian Empire, on October 24, 1877, shared his musical gifts.  He studied vocal and instrumental music at the Moscow Conservatory.  Our saint learned how to play the piano and the violin, and became a choirmaster and a conductor.  He taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1920 to 1944.  When the Bolsheviks outlawed the composition of sacred music, in 1917, Chesnokov wrote secular music instead.  He, the last choirmaster at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, ceased to compose any music after the destruction of the cathedral by the Soviet government in 1931.  He, aged 66 years, died in Moscow on March 14, 1944.

Chesnokov’s music survives, fortunately.  Examples include Paschal Hymn to the Virgin, To Thee We Sing, Do Not Cast Me Off, Cherubic Hymn, Let My Prayer Arise, and Salvation is Created.

My first encounter with the music of Chesnokov as in the early 1990s, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia, where I sang in the choir.  The choir performed several Russian Orthodox works (in Russian), including Salvation is Created, with its soaring soprano line and basso profundo conclusion.  The piece has been special to me since.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 12, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C

THE FEAST OF SAINT JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL, FOUNDRESS OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE VISITATION

THE FEAST OF ALICIA DOMON AND HER COMPANIONS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS IN ARGENTINA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS BARTHOLOMEW BUONPEDONI AND VIVALDUS, MINISTERS AMONG LEPERS

THE FEAST OF SAINT LUDWIK BARTOSIK, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Pavel Chesnokov and all those

who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 728

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