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Author: Galina A. Pozhidaeva
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Galina A. Pozhidaeva, DSc in Arts, Professor, Higher Theatre School (Institute) named after M.S. SHchepkin at the State Academic Maly Theatre of Russia, Neglinnaya 6/2, build. 1–2, 109012 Moscow, Russia.

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Pozhidaeva, G.A. “Attribution of Singing Schools of Moscow Rus’ by the Features of Musical Style.” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 22. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023, pp. 529–560. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2023-22-529-560 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2023-22-529-560
UDC: 783
Keywords: Novgorod and Moscow singing schools, northern and Central Russian traditions of monastic singing, stylistic features of church singing of the 16th–17th centuries.
Date of publication: 20.09.2023


The article examines the attribution of singing schools of Moscow Rus’ by the features of musical style. The regional attribution of works of literature and art used in literary criticism and art history according to stylistic features is also possible in musical medievalistics. The basis for this is the stylistic commonality of monastic schools of church singing — Northern and Central Russian — with the main singing schools, respectively, Novgorod and Moscow. Since Veliky Novgorod and Moscow, as major cultural centers, served the monasteries of the regions, singing culture of the parish churches of these centers could not be isolated from the monastic culture. Therefore, projection of the stylistic norms of monastic singing, more studied by the author, on the parish one makes it possible to reveal its belonging to Novgorod or Moscow school (while specific general monastic features are not considered). The analysis was carried out on the material of hymns: hymns of Dormition of the Theotokos and Easter of demetic chant and the stichira “Come, let us please Joseph” of the 5th and 8th voices of the znamenny chant. The results of analysis prove that Dormition’s hymn and stichira to the 8th voice belong to the Novgorod singing school, and the Easter-hymn of tune of Fyodor Krestyanin and stichira of the 5th voice belong to the Moscow singing school.


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