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While listening to the hauntingly beautiful modern composition, “Song of the Cherubim”, by the contemporary Polish composer Penderecki, I thought I’d do a little precedent study and compare it to those Slavic versions which have preceded it and from which tradition he drew.  So, first the Penderecki piece, and then subsequent pieces moving back in history:

Penderecki’s Song of the Cherubim:


A more direct precedent, aurally:

Hymn of the Cherubim, on the 2nd Tone:


Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim:


Bortniansky’s Hymn of the Cherubim:


A. Kastorsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim, sung by the Sretensky Monastery Choir:


Rachmaninov’s Hymn of the Cherubim