Liturgical Chant in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Ukrainian Historiography

Keywords: Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Lavra chant, church choir, Obykhod, Irmoloi, historiography


Church history had long been in a scientific suppress. Scholars are gradually restoring forgotten and missed pages. The history of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, which has long been the most famous sacred place of East Slavic Orthodoxy, still remains unstudied. During its thousand-year history, a lot of knowledge has been stored here and a lot of new things have been started that need detailed research.

The goal of the publication is a historiographical analysis of research carried out by Ukrainian scholars P. Matsenko, K. Shamaieva, D. Bolharskyi, N. Kostiuk, I. Savchenko, O. Tkachenko, who worked on restoring the history of liturgical chant in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

Based on the goal, a number of objectives were formed: to study the historiographical base; to give it an assessment; to analyze the trends of development and regularities of storing of historical knowledge on the selected theme; to find out which aspects of the liturgical chant in Lavra were analyzed most often.

It is concluded that the history of liturgical chant in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra began to be studied by Ukrainian scholars only after gaining independence (the exception was Ukrainian researchers in exile). Interest in this theme has grown over the last five years. The main aspects in the study of the history of liturgical chant has become the Lavra chant, namely: the history of its origin, the creation of musical editions of Irmoloi (collection of church hymns) and Obykhod (book of church songs), choir performance and distribution throughout the Russian Empire, as well as processing of Lavra melodies by composers.


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How to Cite
LisovskaO. (2020). Liturgical Chant in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Ukrainian Historiography. Eminak: Scientific Quarterly Journal, (3(31), 252-260.
Historiography, Source Study and Special Historical Disciplines