Bogorodyitse Dyevo

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

"Bogorodyitse Dyevo" is the fifth movment of Rachmaninoff's famous fifteen-movement All-Night Vigil, or 'Vespers' (Op. 37), and is a tribute to Theotokos ('God Bearer' - the Orthodox name for Mary, mother of Jesus), making it similar in concept to the 'Ave Maria' of the Roman Catholic tradition.


Rachmaninoff completed the Vespers in just two weeks in January and February of 1915. The premiere performance was on March 10, 1915 in Moscow, at a concert to raise funds for war relief.


Within AICSA circles, this piece is known simply as "Boggo".

The Music

Here are midi (computer music) files for you to download and listen to (If you're using Microsoft Windows, simply click on the link and they should play automatically. If you're not using Windows, I'm going out on a limb and assuming you're technically competent enough to figure things out for yourself....).

Also note that there are midi files of each individual voice part for each piece, so you can hear what each one sounds like - especially your own!

These midi files should give you a fair idea of what each piece - and each individual voice part - sounds like, especially if you're unfamiliar with reading music.

And for those that would like to dowload a viewable and/or printable copy of the score (HINT: most people will want the PDF file; don't try to view the Postscript file unless you know what you're doing):

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