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Grechaninov composed a great deal in almost all of the traditional genres. In addition to The Marriage, his output includes two other operas—Dobrynya Nikitich and Sister Beatrice (after Maeterlinck), a charming example of the Russian ‘modern style’. In addition there are three children’s operas, five symphonies, symphonic poems, numerous chamber works, a large number of choruses, choral cycles, hundreds of romances, children’s pieces, piano pieces and folksong arrangements. However, the most important works which Grechaninov composed are associated with the Church, above all the Russian Orthodox Church. In the first two decades of the century, along with Aleksandr Dmitriyevich Kastalsky, he headed the so-called ‘New Trend’ in Russian spiritual music, writing four liturgies, the ‘All-Night Vigil’, Op 59, Strastnaya Sed’mitsa (The Seven Days of Passion) and many separate sacred choruses. His music for the Orthodox Church was performed not only in Russian churches, but also those in France, Belgium and America. In Russia too it is now extensively performed.
from notes by Marina Rakhmanova © 1999
English: Philip Taylor