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For Us There Is No Other Help but Thee (Nye imami iniya pomoshchi)

By Anthony Antolini

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SATB choir (choir divisi) unaccompanied - Early Intermediate
Composed by Anthony Antolini and Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov (1877-1944). Arranged by Anthony Antolini. Advanced/Collegiate. 20th Century, Communion. Octavo. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8248. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8248).

Item Number: EC.8248

ISBN 600313482489. English, Slavonic.

Nye imami iniya pomoshchi comes from a set of ten communion hymns, Opus 25. It is technically a kontakion, (a hymn sung in commemoration of a feast day, whether referring to Christ, the Virgin Mary, or to a saint). Nye imami iniya pomoshchi is intended to be sung for the feast day commemorating an icon of the Virgin entitled "The joy of all who sorrow," (Vsekh skorbiashchikh Radost' \| Vsekh skorbyashchikh Radost') observed on October 24 in the Orthodox Church calendar. The author of the text is unknown. In contemporary church practice, this work is sometimes sung during the communion of the clergy. Although other pieces in Opus 25 are based on traditional church chants, Nye imami iniya pomoshchi contains original music that is not based on any preexisting chant. The present edition is based on the first edition published in Moscow by Pyotr Ivanovich Jurgenson. The keyboard reduction has been modified from the Jurgenson edition. Russian Orthodox performance practice forbids the use of musical instruments to accompany church singing. Organ accompaniment, if used, should be unobtrusive. The Jurgenson edition includes Chesnokov's use of a quarter note without metronome marking. This indicates that the pulse is in a moderato tempo in quarter notes. A tempo of approximately 69 to the quarter note is suggested. The Jurgenson edition has inconsistent dynamic markings in various parts and text appears only below the soprano and tenor parts. For clarity and convenience, these indications have been included in each staff in the present edition. This scholarly performance edition includes notes concerning the history of Chesnokov and this piece, performance notes, the editorial method of the English singing version, and a pronunciation guide for the Slavonic transliteration. .

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