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Dmitriĭ Stepanovich Bortnianskiĭ

Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky (Russian: Дмитрий Степанович Бортнянский, Ukrainian: Дмитро Степанович Бортнянський; alternative transcriptions of names are Dmitri Bortnianskii, and Bortnyansky; 28 October 1751, Glukhov –10 October [O.S. 28 September] 1825, St. Petersburg) was a Russian and Ukrainian composer, harpsichordist and conductor, who served at the court of Catherine the Great. Bortniansky is critical to the musical history of both Ukraine and Russia, with both nations claiming him as their own.

Bortniansky, who has been compared to Palestrina, is known today for his liturgical works and his prolific contributions to the genre of choral concertos. He was one of the "Golden Three" of his era, alongside Artemy Vedel and Maxim Berezovsky. Bortniansky was so popular in the Russian Empire that his figure was represented in 1862 in the bronze monument of the Millennium of Russia in the Novgorod Kremlin. Bortniansky composed in many different musical styles, including choral compositions in French, Italian, Latin, German and Church Slavonic.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1751 (Hlukhiv), Died October 10th, 1825 (Saint Petersburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20494 10-in. 8/3/1917 Vespergesang Paul Reimers Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-41438 12-in. 12/30/1927 Come all ye Holy Virgin Church Choir Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Brunswick 13056 10-in. 5/7/1924 Mnohajalita Ukrainian National Chorus Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Edison 8423 10-in. 4/14/1922 Vesper hymn Frieda Hempel ; Lyric Male Quartet Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0LA2209 10-in. Nov. 1937 Gloria in excelsis Nicolas Atonsky ; Chœurs de la Cathédrale Russe à Paris Vocal chorus composer  
Gramophone 6753r 10-in. 1909 Cheroovymskaya no. 7 Khor Arkhangelskago Male vocal chorus composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bortnianskiĭ, Dmitriĭ Stepanovich," accessed October 18, 2021,

Bortnianskiĭ, Dmitriĭ Stepanovich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from

"Bortnianskiĭ, Dmitriĭ Stepanovich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 October 2021.

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