ST. PETERSBURG

Composer: Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnianski

Dimitri Stepanovitch Bortniansky (1751-1825) Ukraine 1751-1825 Born in Glukhov, Ukraine, he joined the imperial choir at age 8 and studied with Galuppi, who later took the lad with him to Italy, where he studied for 10 years, becoming a composer, harpsichordist, and conductor. While in Italy he composed several operas and other instrumental music, composing more operas and music later in Russia. In 1779 he returned to Russia, where he was appointed Director to the Imperial Chapel Choir, the first as a native citizen. In 1796 he was appointed music director. With such a great instrument at his disposal, he produced many compositions, 100+ religious works, sacred concertos, cantatas, and hymns. He influenced Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovshy… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: ST. PETERSBURG
Composer: Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnianski (1825)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
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

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 1: General Hymns I
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
  • An Organist's Book of Hymns: The Liturgical Year: 3 Part Hymns and Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Noel Jones
    Published By: Frog Music (2014) pp. 182
  • Vocal Descants for 101 Noteworthy Hymns
    Composer/Editor Lorna Barker
    Published By: Church Publishing (2010) pp. 15
  • 200 New Last Verses

    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 173
  • Two Hundred One Hymn Tune Prelude Miniatures
    Composer/Editor Mark Winchester
    Published By: Frog Music (2005) pp. 166
  • Thirty-Two Free Harmonizations of Familiar Hymns Volume II for Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1996) pp. 20
  • Hymn Harmonizations Set 4
    Composer/Editor Edmund Shay
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1995) pp. LL
  • Organ Improvisations for Hymn Singing Volume 2
    Composer/Editor Gerre Edward Hancock
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1991) pp. 3
  • Contemporary Hymn Accompaniments: With Interludes, Modulations and Free Accompaniments on Thirty Well-known Hymns For Organ
    Composer/Editor Charles Galetar
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1989) pp. 54
  • Contemporary Hymn Accompaniments: With Modulations and Free Accompaniments on Thirty Well-known Hymns for Organ
    Composer/Editor Charles Galetar
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1989) pp. 54
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 50
  • Piano Arrangements of Great Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Don Whitman
    Published By: Standard Publishing Company (1951) pp. 38

Organ Solo

  • 100 New Hymn Preludes
    Composer/Editor Andrew Moore
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2008) pp. 242
  • A Wesley Organbook: Eight Hymn Tune Preludes
    Composer/Editor Alfred V. Fedak
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 22
  • 11 Hymn Elaborations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Kenneth Mansfield
    Published By: National Music Publishers (2003) pp. 17
  • Take This Cup: A Sequence on Communion Hymns for Organ
    Composer/Editor Jerry van der Pol
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (2001) pp. 15
  • Organ Chains 2: Twenty-eight favorite hymns arranged in a continuous medley for Organ
    Composer/Editor Brent Jorgensen
    Published By: Jackman Music Corporation (1998) pp. 30
  • 100 Hymn Preludes for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Richard Lloyd
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 82
  • Folk Hymn Sketches for Organ
    Composer/Editor Emma Lou Diemer
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1987) pp. 16
  • Impressions Volume 1 Communion, Lent, Easter: Organ Service Music
    Composer/Editor Franklin D. Ashdown
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1985) pp. 10
  • Hymn Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert P. Manookin
    Published By: Sonos Music Resources Incorporated (1978) pp. 6
  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume XVIII Contemplation The Inner Life Comfort Trust: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1969) pp. 23
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Organ No. 1
    Composer/Editors Samuel W. Shanko; Jeanne E. Shaffer
    Published By: Broadman Press (1966) pp. 22
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Organ No. 2
    Composer/Editors Samuel W. Shanko; Jeanne E. Shaffer
    Published By: Broadman Press (1966) pp. 12
  • The Parish Organist Part Twelve: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editors Willem Mudde; Richard Wienhorst
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 36
  • The Amateur Organist Number 38: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Rob Roy Peery
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1963) pp. 8-9
  • The Organist Volume 67 Number 4 September 1963: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Rob Roy Peery; Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1963) pp. 8-9
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
    Composer/Editor Albert Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 47

Piano Solo

  • PedalPoint Volume 7 Number 3 April May June 1988: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Don Phillips
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1988) pp. 10
  • Advanced Hymn Settings for Piano
    Composer/Editor Darwin K. Wolford
    Published By: Jackman Music Corporation (1986) pp. 21
  • Piano Arrangements of Great Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Don Whitman
    Published By: Standard Publishing Company (1951) pp. 38

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Sunday Morning Organist Volume 8: Organ and Piano Hymn Duos

    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2013) pp. 37
  • Come, Rejoice!: Six Hymn Settings for Piano and Organ Duet
    Composer/Editor Darwin K. Wolford
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (2002) pp. 34

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