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

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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

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