Kheruvimskaya pyesn (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

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Lyrics Primarily in Church Slavonic

  • (Posted 2017-11-20)   CPDL #47580:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 351 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In Church Slavonic with English transliteration; includes translation on last page. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-04-16)   CPDL #39349:       
Editor: Jon Arnold (submitted 2016-04-16).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 226 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Russian transliteration and English translation by Rothery. Piano reduction included.
  • CPDL #30944:   
Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2014-01-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Slavonic text, transliterated for English speakers.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Alto in m. 75: half note should be C. See the discussion page for full description.

Lyrics in English

  • (Posted 2016-05-22)   CPDL #39750:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-22).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English lyrics, from the Novello edition, The Musical Times, No. 760. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #14772:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-08-20).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB. English lyrics: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty, by Reginald Heber. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #07289:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Steven Maxson (submitted 2004-06-22).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English lyrics, from Novello edition.
  • CPDL #02954:         
Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2001-08-17).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 302 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English version. Lyrics here. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Kheruvimskaya pyesn
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyricist: John Chrysostom

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSATTBB
Genre: SacredLiturgical music

Languages: Church Slavonic, English
Instruments: A cappella

Composed: 1878

Published: 1896 by Pyotr Jurgenson in Moscow.

Description: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Opus 41, No. 6. Composed 1878, published 1896.

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Original text and translations

Church Slavonic

Original text and translations may be found at Heruvimskaya Pesn'.

English Versions

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Novello Edition, by W. G. Rothery
Blessed angel spirits offer praise undying,
Ever crying Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Sabaoth.
Saints and Martyrs praise thy Name, Trinity lifegiving,
Earthborne sorrow leaving before Thy throne,
Evercrying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.
Father omnipotent, mighty in glory, Christ,
Thy Son, our Saviour who died that we might live,
Holy Spirit, mystic dove, dwelling with us ever more,
We praise Thee, Blessed Trinity.
With the Angels' sacred hymn,
All thy might proclaiming,
With the mystic cherubim
in songs of praise we join,
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Join we all in songs of praise for ever;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Lord God of Sabaoth.