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Sergei Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil: SATB

Vocal Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation SATB
Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Editor Stuart Campbell
Publisher Novello and Co
Series New Novello Choral Edition

Rachmaninoff’s music for the All-Night Vigil service – long known inaccurately as his ‘Vespers’ – is a masterpiece in its own right. It draws on centuries-old Orthodox chant and the performance tradition of Russian folk music, and embodies the ideal of Russian church music championed by a group of Moscow musicians of the time. In this All-Night Vigil the great composer-pianist-conductor has allied his own imagination, skill and experience with the expertise built up at the Synodal School of Church Music – not least by its choir, which gave the first performances at several Moscow concerts.

This edition has been carefully prepared to present Rachmaninoff’s music in a clear and easily readable format, and also offers a new transliteration of the Church Slavonic text. For the first time an audio pronunciation guide is provided online, which will prove indispensable for choirs wishing to perform this most beautiful of masterpieces.
In the November/December issue of Choir & Organ, Jeremy Summerly writes that this edition of All-Night Vigil is 'a timely publication and it is difficult to imagine it presented better.' He says that the 'introductory material is immaculate and places this culturally complex work in its colourful historical context,' making this a 'legible, user-friendly, and authoritative edition...a model of its type.'
Editor Stuart Campbell has contributed articles on Russian music to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition) and Die neue MGG. Cambridge University Press published two volumes of his anthology of criticism entitled Russians on Russian Music. He is a tutor for the adult-education units of the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and joint musical director (with Svetlana Zvereva) of the chamber choir Russkaya Cappella.
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Vocal Score
Genre Sacred
Theme Easter
Pages 124
ISBN 9781783058709
Edition Number NOV294965
Catalog No. MUSNOV294965
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Scores 9.6 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
10 out of 10


Kent GB
Very clear
Some consonants missing from text!
Confirmed purchase: 19 December 2016
Published on: 14 January 2017
10 out of 10


East Yorkshire GB Bass singer
The music is set out clearly. There are lots of useful subsidiary notes - translation, transliteration, pronunciation. And background information about Russian Orthodox Church culture.
Confirmed purchase: 12 February 2016
Published on: 27 February 2016
9 out of 10


Lempäälä, Finland GB Choral conductor, Lecturer in
Very good version and not too expensive
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 18 June 2015
Published on: 02 July 2015
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