ST. PETERSBURG

Composer: Dimitri S. Bortnianski

Dimitri Stepanovitch Bortniansky (1751-1825) was born in Glukhov, Ukraine, and when just eight years old was admitted to the imperial choir school where he is thought to have studied with Galuppi. He later studied in Italy for a ten-year period. While there, he wrote his first operas. In 1779, Bortniansky returned to Russia, where he was appointed Kapellmeister to the imperial court. Paul I appointed him music director in 1796. His compositions have influenced later Russian composers, particularly Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Bortniansky composed seven operas as well as other vocal and instrumental music. In 1881, Peter Tchaikovsky edited Bortniansky’s sacred work amassing ten volumes. Bortniansky died in St. Petersburg. --Pre… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Dimitri S. Bortnianski (1825)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 53451 21715 61653
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Russian
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825).

The tune is supposedly from a Mass composed in 1822, though that work is not extant. Tchaikovsky included ST. PETERSBURG as the setting for a Russian hymn in his 1884 edition of Bortnianski's compositions for church use. The tune is named after the city where Bortnianski studied, worked, and died. Shaped in to a strict bar form (AAB), this tune has a third line that brings a fine climax and resolution to the entire melody.

Bortnianski began his musical study as a chorister in the imperial chapel choir at the age of eight. With financial aid from Catherine the Great, he went to Venice in 1768 to study music; he also studied in Rome and Naples. After returning to Russia, he assumed the directorship of the imperial chapel choir in St. Petersburg. His choral music was published by Tchaikovsky (c. 1884) and continues to be used both in the Russian Orthodox Church and in western churches.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #396
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #728
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #899
Text: Come, Let Us Sing the Song of Songs
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The Cyber Hymnal #947
Text: Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown
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The Cyber Hymnal #1152
Text: The Day the Christ-Child's Tender Eyes
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The Cyber Hymnal #1637
Text: From the Cross
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The Cyber Hymnal #2370
Text: How Good It Is to Thank the Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #3001
Text: Inspirer of the Ancient Seers
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The Cyber Hymnal #4260
Text: The Mighty God, Jehovah, Speaks
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The Cyber Hymnal #4725
Text: O Come Before the Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #4888
Text: O God, of Good the Unfathomed Sea
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The Cyber Hymnal #5097
Text: O Light, Whose Beams Illumine All
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The Cyber Hymnal #5164
Text: O Lord, Who in Thy Love Divine
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The Cyber Hymnal #6662
Text: Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
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The Cyber Hymnal #7145
Text: Watched by the World's Malignant Eye
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The Cyber Hymnal #7177
Text: Weary of Wandering from My God
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The Cyber Hymnal #7389
Text: Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?
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The Cyber Hymnal #7708
Text: Whether the Word Be Preached or Read
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The Cyber Hymnal #8015
Text: The Shining Of The Earliest Star
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The Cyber Hymnal #8076
Text: Another Year Of Life Is Gone?
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The Cyber Hymnal #10406
Text: As Once The Savior Rose On High
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #50
Text: The Mighty God and Sovereign Lord
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Small Church Music #5318
Text: 破毁帶我到主懷 (Wrecked outright on Jesus' breast)
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Small Church Music #6890
Text: Cik liels ir mūsu Dievs (How great is our God)
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The United Methodist Hymnal #153
Text: Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
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Instances

Instances (1 - 76 of 76)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #115Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #58
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #396ScoreAudio
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #728ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #548
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #188TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #442TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #641FlexScorePage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #204Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #382Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #59TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #505TextPage Scan
Glaubenslieder #45
Glaubenslieder #61Text
Glaubenslieder #106Text
Glaubenslieder #516
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #334Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #167
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #574TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #571
Hymnal: A Worship Book #593
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #286
Moravian Book of Worship #413TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #209TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #414b
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #50Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #113TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #252
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #391
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #618
Sing! A New Creation #36Audio
Singing the New Testament #117
Singing the New Testament #127
Small Church Music #346Audio
Small Church Music #363Audio
Small Church Music #576Audio
Small Church Music #3415Audio
Small Church Music #5318Audio
Small Church Music #6033Audio
Small Church Music #6890Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #899TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #947TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1152TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1637TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2370TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3001TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4260TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4725TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4888TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5097TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5164TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6662TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7145TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7177TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7389TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7708TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8015TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8076TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10406TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #50
The New English Hymnal #154b
The United Methodist Hymnal #153TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #163Text
The Worshiping Church #779TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #375
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #88TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #522TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #590TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #635TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #304
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #804TextPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #62
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #238
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #403
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #122
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #346
Include 98 pre-1979 instances



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