V Molitvakh Neusypayushchuyu (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-19)   CPDL #38623:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-02-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Words in Russian, with transliterations underneath. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #06367:        (Finale 2003)
Editor: Paul Stetsenko (submitted 2004-01-04).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 232 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: First "movement." English adaptation by Paul Stetsenko. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: V Molitvakh Neusypayushchuyu (Concerto for Choir)
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSAATTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: Russian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1893

Description: Rachmaninoff's early choral work, "Concerto for Choir" ("Неусыпающая Богородице"), written in 1893. Apparently it was never assigned an Opus number.

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Original text and translations

Russian.png Russian text

1. В молитвах неусыпающую Богородицу
и в предстательствах мира непреложное упование.
Гроб и умерщвление не удержаста.

2. Якоже бо Живота Матерь,
к животу престави.

3. Во утробу Вселивыйся
приснодевственную.

English.png English translation

1. The mother of God incessantly in prayer
interceding for the world, a certain hope;
doing away with the grave and killing.

2. You are surely the mother of the living One,
until life passes away.

3. Inspired in your womb, ever virgin.

Translation by Barry Johnston

English.png English text

Textual adaptation: (by Paul Stetsenko)
Remember, O Lord, remember what has befallen us.
Look and see our disgrace, Lord.
Look, O Lord, and see what has come to pass.
Let tears stream down, day and night.
O hear our cry, O Lord. Our eyes are spent with weeping.
Cry aloud to the Lord God, "O hear my cry, Lord God! O Lord have mercy on me!"
Do not close your ears to our cry, God Almighty; O Lord, have mercy.
(from Lamentations of Jeremiah)