Salvation is Created

Pavel Tschesnokoff (1877-1944) was the most prolific Russian choral composer of his generation, having written more than 400 sacred and 100 secular works. He was a distinguished conductor of church and secular choirs, a founder of the choral conducting department at the Moscow Conservatory, and the author of a well-known treatise, The Choir and How to Direct It: A Handbook for Choral Conductors.

“Salvation is Created” was composed in 1912, just five years prior to the revolution that established communism as the political ideology and system of government in Russia, and which prohibited composers like Tschesnokoff from writing sacred music under threat of reprisal against them and their families. It is said that Tschesnokoff never heard the piece performed.

“Salvation is Created” is one in a cycle of ten Communion Hymns, Op. 25, and is based musically on a Russian Orthodox chant. The text, translated as “Salvation is created in midst of the earth, O God, O our God. Alleluia,” is based on Psalm 74, verse 12, which says “For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.” (KJV)

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