Composer:   Sergei Taneyev
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Musica Rustica
Edition:   P5002
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Dennis Jewett
Armstrong High School, Plymouth 1998
R&R Chair High School Choirs

This a cappella four-part setting by one of Tchaikovsky’s students and proteges will be interesting and accessible to a high school ensemble. The architecture and orchestral-like intricacies make it sound as if it could be part of a piece like The Nutcracker. The Russian text might be a challenge; it is not set with an English text. The editors at Musica Russica, who have done so much to provide us with authentic Russian choral music, have given us a translation and an excellent page of background information. Pronunciation tapes are available from the publisher.