While Alexander Andreyevich Arkhangel'sky is not as well known a composer as the iconic Dmitri Bortnyansky in the realm of Russian choral music, he was nevertheless a seminal figure in the development of performance practices within that tradition. Moreover, as a composer he is a significant minor master, active primarily in the genre of Russian church music. Arkhangel'sky was born Staroye Tezikovo, Russia, between the 11th and 23rd of October, 1846. Little is known about his early years, though his first training likely came as a choirboy in local churches. His first advanced musical study took place at the Imperial chapel in Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, where he gained a deep knowledge of music theory and Russian sacred music. While he exhibited an interest in various genres of serious music in his formative years, he developed ...
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