The article looks at the question of whether S. V. Rakhmaninov’s works of various genres contain content of liturgical ideas and imagery as well as accompanying meaningful intonational elements, i.e. quotations and allusions of Znamenny chant. Such structures can be either directly connected with the content of church service and, accordingly, with the tradition of church singing, or can rather indirectly carry a hidden symbolical context determined by the themes and images of the Bible. The fi rst case implies, in the first hand, traditional genres of Russian spiritual music, i.e. Liturgy, the All-Night Vigil, the Spiritual concert В молитвах неусыпающую Богородицу (Church Slavonic “Theotokos not sleeping in prayers”). The second case implies works of nonchurch, secular, character (piano and symphonic works, romances). The aim of the article is to trace the correlation between the ideologial and imagery-related content of Rahmaninov’s works and his individual author’s style, in which intonations of the church melos prevail. The methodology is based on the combination of scientifi c categories of theoretical and historical musical science. The scientifi c and theoretical foundation of the study are works of V. N. Bryantseva, Yu. V. Keldysh, V. V. Medushevsky, etc. With all the broad range of genres of Rakhmaninov’s works, their multidimensional and multifaceted character, many of them show, either directly or very indirectly, the ideological and imagery-related content of the liturgy, as well as the presence of intonational structures that are to a certain extent associated with the Orthodox culture of singing.
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Kovalev Andrey Academic Degree:
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in Art Criticism; Place of work:
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