“Salvation is Created”: The Mediative Sacred Music of Pavel Tschesnokoff, VOCES8

Spaséñiye, sodélal (“Salvation is Created”), by the Russian composer Pavel Tschesnokoff (1877-1944), is a Communion Hymn intended for the Russian Orthodox liturgy for Friday. Its text (“Salvation is created, in midst of the earth, O God, O our God. Alleluia”) is based on Psalm 74. It is a setting of a Kievan chant melody.

Written in 1912, it is one of the last sacred works composed by Pavel Tschesnokoff. Following the Russian Revolution, the Soviet Union’s Cultural Bureau forced Tschesnokoff to limit his composition to secular music. Tschesnokoff was the last choirmaster of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (the site of the 1882 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture) before it was demolished by Joseph Stalin. (The rebuilt Cathedral is pictured, above).

This performance, released last week by the British a cappella octet, VOCES8, was recorded at the Cathedral Basilica in Saint Louis, Missouri:

Recordings

Photograph by Irina Dolohova

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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