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The MThA Church Singing Art Faculty hosted academic readings

On September 22, 2022, as a part of "Academic Readings at the Faculty of Church Singing Art of the Moscow Theological Academy", Professor Valentina N. Kholopova gave a public lecture on "The specifics of the baroque music content (on the example of J.S. Bach’s works). The lecturer is an art history and an author of a number of monographs, textbooks and teachers’ guides.

Valentina N. Kholopova spoke about emotional, illustrative and symbolic components, which might help to comprehend a semantic depth of Bach’s music. She illustrated her observations with musical pieces. The topic aroused genuine interest among the audience.

At the end of the lecture, Hegumen Lazar, Dean of the Church Singing Art Faculty, pointed out on the methodology used by V.N. Kholopova that can be used (with certain reservations) for comprehending and interpreting church, especially composed, music. This way poses a number of important questions and problems for teachers and students in terms of emotional and spiritual principles, a role of emotions, symbolic thinking in prayer etc.

Hegumen Lazar expressed his gratitude to V.N. Kholopova on behalf of teachers, mentors and students of the Moscow Theological Academy. He noted that their distinguished guest has maintained a long-term scientific and pedagogical activity shaping the intellectual and creative potential at the younger generation. Hew work worth deep respect and gratitude. Hegumen Lazar wished Valentina Nikolaevna God's help, health, spiritual and bodily strength as well as success her further creative work for the benefit of the Russian musical science.

Background information:

Valentina Nikolaevna Kholopova, Doctor of Arts, Professor, Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Specializations of Musicologists of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, laureate of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Composers of the USSR (RF).

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