Viktor Kalinnikov

Viktor Sergeevich Kalinnikov, also Victor (Russian: Ви́ктор Серге́евич Кали́нников; 2 March [O.S. 18 February] 1870 – 23 February 1927), was a Russian choral composer, conductor and pedagogue. He was the younger brother of the better-known symphonic composer Vasily Kalinnikov (1866–1901).

He studied at the seminary in Oryol, then at the Moscow Philharmonic School, taking oboe and music theory. He played in various theatre orchestras, and taught singing at schools in Moscow. From 1899 to 1901 he headed the orchestra of the Moscow Art Theatre. Victor attended then taught at the Moscow Synodal School of Russian Orthodox Church music, where he composed 24 sacred choral settings for the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.[1] From 1922 to 1926 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory. His compositions were popular and well received by critics. He died in Saltykovka, a suburb of Balashikha near Moscow.

Selected works[]

Genre Date English title Russian title (original title) Scoring Notes
Orchestral Concert Overture Концертная увертюра for orchestra
Chamber music 1896 2 Miniatures Две миниатюры for 2 violins, viola and cello with double bass ad libitum
Choral The Gentle Stars Shone upon Us Нам звёзды кроткие сияли for mixed chorus a cappella words by Aleksey Pleshcheyev
Choral Upon an Ancient Burial Mound На старом кургане for mixed chorus a cappella words by Ivan Savvich Nikitin
Choral Down the Mother-Volga River Вниз по матушке по Волге for men's chorus a cappella arrangement of a Russian brigand song
Choral Elegy Элегия for mixed chorus a cappella words by Alexander Pushkin
Choral Forest Лес for mixed chorus a cappella words by Aleksey Koltsov
Choral The Lark Жаворонок for mixed chorus a cappella words by Vasily Zhukovsky
Choral Autumn Осень for mixed chorus a cappella words by Alexander Pushkin
Choral The Sun, the Sun Rises Солнце, солнце встаёт for mixed chorus a cappella words by Alexander Fyodorov – Александр Митрофанович Фёдоров (1868–1949)
Choral The Stars Fade Away Звезды меркнут for mixed chorus a cappella words by Ivan Savvich Nikitin
Choral Oh, Is This Honourable for a Young Lad Ой, честь ли то молодцу for mixed chorus a cappella words by A. K. Tolstoy
Choral Ходит Спесь надуваючись for mixed chorus a cappella words by A. K. Tolstoy
Choral At the Order Gate У приказных ворот for mixed chorus a cappella words by A. K. Tolstoy
Choral Winter Зима for mixed chorus a cappella words by Yevgeny Baratynsky
Choral Condor Кондор for mixed chorus a cappella words by Ivan Bunin
Choral Morning Dawn Утром зорька for mixed chorus a cappella words by Stepan Skitalets
Choral Summer Passes Проходит лето for mixed chorus a cappella words by Nikolay Afanasyevich Sokolov - Николай Афанасьевич Соколов (18??–1926)
Choral: sacred Cherubic Hymn (No. 1) Херувимская песнь for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 1
Choral: sacred We Hymn Thee (No. 1) Тебе поем for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 2
Choral: sacred It Is Truly Fitting (No. 1) Достойно есть for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 3
Choral: sacred In Thy Kingdom Во Царствии Твоем for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 4; published 1905?
Choral: sacred O Lord, Save / Trisagion Господи, спаси... / Трисвятое for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 5
Choral: sacred A Mercy of Peace Милость мира for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 6
Choral: sacred We Hymn Thee (No. 2) Тебе поем for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 7
Choral: sacred Our Father Отче наш for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 8
Choral: sacred It Is Truly Fitting (No. 2) Достойно есть for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 9
Choral: sacred Glory, Now and Ever / Only Begotten Son Слава и ныне / Единородный Сыне for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 10
Choral: sacred Come, Let Us Worship Приидите поклонимся for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 11
Choral: sacred I Believe (The Creed) Верую (Символ веры) for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 12
Choral: sacred Bless the Lord, O My Soul Благослови, душе моя, Господа (на Литургии) for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 13; at liturgy
Choral: sacred Where Can I Go from Thy Spirit? Камо пойду от Духа Твоего for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 14; in place of the communion hymn at liturgy
Choral: sacred Praise the Name of the Lord Хвалите имя Господне for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 15
Choral: sacred Gladsome Light (Gentle Light) Свете тихий for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 16; text from the office of vespers
Choral: sacred Rejoice, O Virgin Богородице Дево for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 17
Choral: sacred From My Youth От юности моея for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 18
Choral: sacred Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ Воскресение Христово видевше for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 19
Choral: sacred Lord, Now Lettest Thou Ныне отпущаеши for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 20
Choral: sacred Cherubic Hymn (No. 2) Херувимская песнь for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 21
Choral: sacred Blessed Is the Man Блажен муж for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 22
Choral: sacred My Soul Magnifies the Lord Величит душа моя, Господа for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 23
Choral: sacred Bless the Lord, O My Soul Благослови, душе моя, Господа (на Всенощной) for mixed chorus a cappella Sacred opus 24; at vigil
Choral: sacred O Lord, Save / Holy God Господи, спаси... / Святый Боже

References[]

  1. ^ Biographical notes in Victor Kalinnikov: The Complete Sacred Choral Works Editor: Vladimir Morosan, Introduction by Marina Rakhmanova, Musica Russica ISBN 0-9701767-0-8, 2001

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