musicologist, Senior lecturer at the Department of Old Russian Art of Singing at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Artistic Director of the Old Russian chant ensemble Znamenie, laureate of an International contest. She is the author of research and educational-methodological works in Old Russian music and has transcribed monophonic and polyphonic chants. Her main activities include concerts, research and teaching through concerts, paper presentations at international conferences and master-classes on Russian chant. Shvets is the invited teacher and conductor of the women choir of the Orthodox Music Academy International Festival.
HYMNOGRAPHY DEDICATED TO THE
SAINT MARTYR GREGORY OF ARMENIA
IN THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE EPOCH OF THE STUDITES
The worship of the Holy Martyr Gregory Illuminator of Armenia has been widespread in Russia since ancient times. This is evidenced by ancient Russian Menaia, Rite Books and Chant manuscripts. The corpus of the hymnography texts dedicated to St. Gregory had already been formulated by the end of the XI century. During the epoch of the Studite Rule hymns dedicated to the Saint were included in ancient Russian Menaia, Kondakars and Stichiraria.
The first study on the hymns related to St. Gregory of Armenia and based on the ancient manuscripts with the Russian notation belonging to the XII-XVII centuries, was conducted by N.Kruchinina.
This paper aims to enhance the circle of manuscripts under study (end of the XI-XIV centuries), define the corpus of the hymnographic texts and reveal their content and musical peculiarities (notation, voices, system of models). Greek and Serbian manuscripts were also used while undertaking this study.