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Russian Organ Music

Post by kh0815 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:10 pm

Certainly an unusual way to open a topic - an actual (US) eBay offer: http://cgi.ebay.de/Rare-Eight-Russian-O ... 3359e5b437

EIGHT RUSSIAN ORGAN PIECES - Transcribed by American Organists
Published by Oliver Ditson Company, Boston 1925 - Part of the "New Fifty Cent Series", 32 pages

Contents:
- Amani, Nicolas: "Orientale" Transcribed by H. Clough-Leighter
- Glazounoff, Alexander: "Prelude, in D" Transcribed by T. Carl Whitmer
- Gliere, Reinhold: "Prelude, in C minor" Transcribed by Harvey B. Gaul
- Kopyloff, Alexander: "Dream" Transcribed by Harvey B. Gaul
- Rachmaninoff, Serge: "Prelude, in C# minor" Transcribed by H. Clough-Leighter
- Rebikoff, Vladimir: "March in D" Transcribed by H. Clough-Leighter
- Rimsky-Korsakoff, N.: "Far off India" Transcribed by H. Clough-Leighter
- Vodorinski, Anton: "Prelude, in C# minor" Transcribed by Harvey B. Gaul

Regarding the high s&h, attractive only for US bidders, not for myself.

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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by Emil Borisovich Sernov » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:43 am

Khristofor Kushnaryov(Kouchnareff)
Passacaglia and Fugue (1924)
Kuschnarew - Passacaglia and Fugue.pdf
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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:49 pm

Thanks Emil,
Russian organ music is of itself a rare beast, very little having been written for the instrument which is basically because there are (as far as I know) no organs in the orthodox churches. However what there is is of a high standard and this piece is no exception, very reminiscent of Rheinberger, Alcock and a few others who used the Bach model but in a romantic manner. What was cruel from Kuschnarev though was to have a fugue following the Passacaglia and quite a big one at that, after all that heavy meat he gives us another meat course, probably quite exhausting to play the whole piece, for performer and listener. I am sure it would be possible to shorten the Passacaglia and use it as a Prelude to the Fugue. Thanks for posting it it will be a good acquisition for my library.
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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by tateaddis » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:34 pm

Very much worth exploring are the anthologies "Les Maitres contemporains de l'orgue" published by Joubert in the early part of the 20th century. In the later volumes, you will find music by:

Cui & Gliere (vol. 5)
Taneyev (vol. 6)
Catoire, Karatyguine, Liapounoff, Nikolaieff, Taneyev (vol. 7)
Glazunov & Tcherepnine (vol. 8)

All eight volumes are on Sibley and IMSLP. Posting them here seems redundant, although I will gladly do so if there is interest.

Also, I have a copy of a 'rare' anthology of Soviet organ music (music by S.Slonimsy, Shostakovich, Mushel, etc.), which was edited by Isay Braudo (organ teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatory) and published by Muzyka in the '60s. I would be willing to scan it and upload it to here, again if there is interest.

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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by Emil Borisovich Sernov » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:42 pm

HullandHellandHalifax wrote:Thanks Emil,
Russian organ music is of itself a rare beast, very little having been written for the instrument which is basically because there are (as far as I know) no organs in the orthodox churches. However what there is is of a high standard and this piece is no exception, very reminiscent of Rheinberger, Alcock and a few others who used the Bach model but in a romantic manner. What was cruel from Kuschnarev though was to have a fugue following the Passacaglia and quite a big one at that, after all that heavy meat he gives us another meat course, probably quite exhausting to play the whole piece, for performer and listener. I am sure it would be possible to shorten the Passacaglia and use it as a Prelude to the Fugue. Thanks for posting it it will be a good acquisition for my library.
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Brian
Thank you for the comment, dear Brian!
I agree that this work is so enormous that it may not be easy too hear and perform.
However, I found a talented performer who performed this work quite well , even there is a recording of the work. :mrgreen:
If you are interested in this work, I will upload the recording of this work(seems to be private recording or live bootleg)

I'm making a piano transcription of this work. Please stay tuned for that work!
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Emil
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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by Emil Borisovich Sernov » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:46 pm

tateaddis wrote:Very much worth exploring are the anthologies "Les Maitres contemporains de l'orgue" published by Joubert in the early part of the 20th century. In the later volumes, you will find music by:

Cui & Gliere (vol. 5)
Taneyev (vol. 6)
Catoire, Karatyguine, Liapounoff, Nikolaieff, Taneyev (vol. 7)
Glazunov & Tcherepnine (vol. 8)

All eight volumes are on Sibley and IMSLP. Posting them here seems redundant, although I will gladly do so if there is interest.

Also, I have a copy of a 'rare' anthology of Soviet organ music (music by S.Slonimsy, Shostakovich, Mushel, etc.), which was edited by Isay Braudo (organ teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatory) and published by Muzyka in the '60s. I would be willing to scan it and upload it to here, again if there is interest.
Dear tateaddis,
It will be very great to see an organ work of George Mushel!
I really like works of this composer- especially 24 Preludes and Fugues (although this work is for piano)

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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by Emil Borisovich Sernov » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:23 pm

Boris Sabaneyev
Fugue for Organ
Sabaneyev Boris - Fugue for Organ.pdf
Taken from Sibley Music Library.
The Transcription for the Piano by the Composer was posted on pp before.
That Piano Transcription 'must' be the most complex and hardest fugue that composed in this peroid, in Russia
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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:19 pm

"Also, I have a copy of a 'rare' anthology of Soviet organ music (music by S.Slonimsy, Shostakovich, Mushel, etc.), which was edited by Isay Braudo (organ teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatory) and published by Muzyka in the '60s."

Please go ahead, I have a small pile of Russian Organ music including some anthologies, what I noticed is that it is as if the 20th century composers suddenly discovered the organ, as there has been more music composed for the organ in Russia in the 20th century than in all the previous ones. Some of the music is very complex and because the composers are still alive we cannot post them here, though I see no problem with a book published in the 1960's as it will most definitely be out of print.
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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by 4candles » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:23 pm

You are probably all aware I'm sure that Bärenreiter published a three-volume set of Russian organ music.

Here is a link to their catalogue, which details some of them (Volume 1 is apparently out of print):

https://www.baerenreiter.com/fileadmin/ ... 12_web.pdf

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Re: Russian Organ Music

Post by tateaddis » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:35 am

Perhaps someone with an understanding of the Russian language that is more than non-existent would like to help with the titles of some of these pieces. I know that part 3 (which will follow) ends with two Shostakovich pieces-- the Passacaglia from 'Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District' and a transcription by I. Braudo. Part 4, also following, begins with the Mushel 'Suite on Uzbek Folk Themes' and also contains the Sergei Slonimsky 'Toccata'.
Soviet organ music, part 1.pdf
**edit** The table of contents can be found at the end of part 4. Parts 2-4 are on the next page.
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