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Aleksandr Andreevich Arkhangel'skii

conductor , Composer of religious music

Aleksandr Arkhangel'skii, Composer of religious music, conductor.

Background

Arkhangel'skii, Aleksandr was born on October 23, 1846 in the village of Bolshoe Tezikovo, near Penza. Son of a priest.

Education

Educated at the Penza seminary, 1870. Studied in Petersburg at the Medical Academy, later at the Technological Institute.

Career

Showed early interest in church music. Had to leave studies because of poverty, became a civil servant. Later became a choir master at the Court Choir capella.

Choir master at Guards regiments. Organized his own choir, 1880. Organized concerts very successfully in Russia and abroad.

Re-awakened the interest in old Russian church singing. Became the outstanding master of Russian church music in modern times. Lived at Petersburg and composed church music for over half a century.