RUSSIAN HYMN

Composer: Aleksēi Federovich L'vov

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Tune Information

Composer: Aleksēi Federovich L'vov (1833)
Meter: 11.10.11.9
Incipit: 56653 11765 64553
Key: D Major
Source: National Air

Texts

God the All-terrible! King, who ordainest

God the All-terrible! King, who ordainest
Great winds Thy clarion, the lightnings Thy sword;
Show forth Thy pity on high where Thou reignest,
Give to us peace in our time, O Lord.
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Rise, crowned with light, imperial Salem, rise!

Notes

Alexey Feodorovitch Lvov (b. Reval [now Tallin], Estonia, 1799; d. Romanovo, near Kovno [now Kaunas], Lithuania, 1870) composed RUSSIA in 1833 one night "on the spur of the moment," according to his memoirs, after Czar Nicholas I asked him to compose a truly Russian national anthem (rather than continuing to sing a Russian text to the English melody for "God Save Our Gracious King"!). Lvov's tune was accepted and has been featured as the Russian anthem in various compositions (including Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture). Also used as a hymn tune ever since its 1842 publication in John Pyke Hullah's Part Music, RUSSIA is today often associated with the hymn text "God the Omnipotent!" Given its origin as a national anthem, the tune does have a majestic character and suggests brass instruments for accompaniment. Part singing is glorious! To highlight the change of voice from stanza 1 to stanza 2, have a soloist or choir sing stanza 1, and ask everyone to join in on stanzas 2 and 3–or perhaps have half the congregation sing 1; the other half, 2; and all together sing 3.

Lvov served in the Russian army from 1818 to 1837, advancing to personal adjutant to Czar Nicholas I as a major-general. In 1837 he succeeded his father as director of the imperial court chapel choir in St. Petersburg, a post he retained until 1861. A fine violinist, Lvov played Mendelssohn's violin concerto in Leipzig with the composer conducting in 1840. He toured with his own string quartet until deafness forced his retirement in 1867. Lvov composed much church music for the imperial choir as well as a violin concerto and several operas. He also compiled a collection of church music for the Orthodox church year, but is best known as the composer of the tune for the Russian national anthem.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #780
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1860
Text: Glorious Yuletide
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1905
Text: God Save America
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2063
Text: God, the Omnipotent!
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #199
Text: I Am the LORD Your God
Worship and Rejoice #517
Text: Christ the Victorious
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #22
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Revival Hymns and Choruses #40
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #84
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Sing the Faith #2208
The Christian Life Hymnal #17
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #33
The New Century Hymnal #367Image
The New Century Hymnal #577Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #653TextImageAudio
The Worshiping Church #67TextImage
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The Worshiping Church #685TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #711TextImage
Worship and Rejoice #517TextImageAudioScore



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