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The choir church creation of the composer Mihail Berezovschi from the perspective of the Orthodox musical traditions

Author: Barbanoi Hristina
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific advisers: Irina Ciobanu-Suhomlin
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts

Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 31 October, 2016
Approved by NCAA on the 28 December, 2016


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Mihail Berezovschi, religious music, choir music, psaltic sources, Liturgy, Vespers, Matins, church melodies, religious music of Byzantine tradition, religious music of Slavic tradition


Thesis structure: introduction, four chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography with 252 titles, 156 basic text pages, and 14 Annexes, including musical examples, tables, lists of musical works, M. Berezovschi’s short biography, an annotated index of church composers, facsimiles of the archived documents, materials from periodics and a glossary.

Field of study: The national music history (religious music). Goal and objectives of the study. The goal of the study is to take a multifaceted approach towards M. Berezovschi’s choral church creation, emphasizing the value, the importance and impact in time of the Bessarabian composer’s opera. The proposed objectives are: to research archival documents for elucidating the composer’s biographical data, his creation portrait and conducting activity; to study M. Berezovschi’s choral-religious creations; to identify the monodic sources of the songs and to analyze the choral approaching methods; to investigate the modal context and the processing methods of the monody in a religious choral work with many voices; to identify the choral creation of other composers arranged and harmonized by M. Berezovschi.

Scientific novelty and originality: for the first time was realized a comparative study about correlating the monody and choral primary sources with the composing results of M. Berezovschi. The composer’s religious-musical creation for the first time was the subject of a special scientific work of such size. This study comes to correct some inexactitudes in approaching the subjects related to the composer’s religious creation, but also to materialize some informations about his biographical data, by appealing to the archive sources which bring new light beams about the composer’s life and activity.

The important scientific problem solved: consists in the multidimensional approach of Mihail Berezovschi’s activity and creation, which contributed to the appreciation of the composer's personal contribution in ensuring continuity to the Orthodox musical traditions, resulting the increasing historical and theoretical knowledge about the evolution of the national music, also expanding general representations about the cultural and artistic processes from the Bessarabian period.

The theoretical importance rests in the enrichment of the theoretical basis of musical science with new knowledge in the religious choral composition field of Orthodox branch. In this thesis were clarified the semantic differences between the transposing, harmonising, arranging notions, found in M. Berezovschi’s scores; were concretizated some terms from Byzantine musical theory field. The thesis is a contribution in the study of the history of art music from the Bessarabian period.

Practical value of the work. The results obtained could serve as a methodologicaldidactic and scientific support useful in teaching the following courses: National music history, Religious music history, Orthodox Church singing history, Choral literature, Harmony, Music analysis. Thesis materials may assist teachers, performers, students in preparing concert programs, course works and licence works for the specialties: Choral Conducting, Musicology, Church singing.

Implementation of scientific results. The thesis was realized according to the scientific research plan of AMTFA and was discussed at the Musicology and Composition department meetings and was recommended to be sustained on 17 February 2016. The thesis materials were approved within 16 national and international conferences, organized in AMTFA’s scientific research projects. An important part of the ideas and results of the thesis research were reflected in 15 scientific works, from which are 9 articles and 6 summaries