Anikienko Sergey

Influence of the Court Capella on church-singing practice of Kuban region: to the history of the question

Anikienko Sergey (2019) "Influence of the Court Capella on church-singing practice of Kuban region: to the history of the question ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2019, vol. 36, pp. 163-180 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201936.163-180


Drawing on archival documents, this article studies for the first time questions of the influence of traditions of the Court Capella on church-singing practice in the youngest administrative region of the Russian Empire, i.e. Kuban region. Its alumni choir masters had been working in the military choir of Kuban cossack army since 1859. But these were separate instances rather than a specifi cally designed system, which did not allow the choir to provide professional training for heads of church-singing groups of numerous urban and rural parishes of the region. Alumni of the Capella in Kuban region in the early 20th century made a signifi cant contribution in the development of church Obikhod and traditions of spiritual chants. The multivolume musical version of the annual circle of church singing by notes carried out by the teacher of singing Andrey Yakovlevich Gubarev and published at his own expense became a commonly used study material in schools and elementary colleges. The simplicity of the versions made these collections accessible to choir masters of any level of training, while the detailed churchservice instructions, for the fi rst time included in the structure of the text, helped sextons and the clergy to understand the order of the church service. Spirital musical works by Grigoriy Matrofanovich Kontsevich belong a diff erent direction and were designed for performing by singing ensembles of various levels of training, including school choirs. Archival documents and newspaper publications of that time help to reconstruct certain pieces of biographical information about choir masters of Ekaterinodar.


Court Capella, Court Obikhod, Ekaterinodar, сhurch singing, G. M. Kontsevich, A. Ya. Gubarev, musical publishing, military singing choir


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Anikienko Sergey

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Art Criticism;
Place of work: Krasnodar State Institute of Culture; 33 Ulitsa 40-letiya Pobedy, Krasnodar 350072, Russian Federation;
Post: Associate Professor, Department of Musicology, Composition and Methods of Teaching Music;
ORCID: 0000-0003-0356-4963;
Email: anikienko1966@mail.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.


Deacon Sergey Ivashchenko - for valuable advice; Greta Yurievna Ertsengel - for help in preparing illustrations