Alias: A. B. Ledkovsky
Born: 3 June 1944, Teupitz, Germany
Died: 24 December 2004, Shirley, NY
Alexander Borisovitch Ledkovsky was born in war-time Germany to Russian parents Marina Viktorovna Ledkovsky (née Fasolt) and Boris Ledkovsky, a prominent choral director and composer/arranger of Russian Orthodox Church Music.
Having emigrated to the United States in 1952, A. Ledkovsky was educated at Trinity School and Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in Music. Although he developed a successful career as a computer expert and software developer, his life's love was his work as a musician of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Having studied choir direction both at university and under his father's tutelage, he took on responsibilities as assistant choirmaster at the Russian Orthodox Synod Cathedral "Our Lady of the Sign" located on Park Avenue at 93rd Street in New York. He also ran a secondary choir for the cathedral's English-speaking parish in the late 1960s.
When his father's health declined, Alexander Ledkovsky assumed full responsibility for the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR)'s flagship choir, on Forgiveness Sunday in 1975. He held this post until his own declining health forced him to relegate responsibilities to assistants in 2002.
During his tenure, which lasted more tha a quarter-century, A. Ledkovsky led a number of unique projects, including concerts at Lincoln Center, performances at Carnegie Hall (in cooperation with the Russian Choral Society and the Opera Orchestra of NY), and a number of grand occasions at the cathedral, such as the canonization of the New Martyrs of Russia in 1981, the funeral of Metropolitan Philaret and the memorial services and funerals of many renowned members of the Russian emigrate community, such as choreographer George Balanchine.
Under A. Ledkovsky's direction, the choir produced two compact disc recordings in 1994: "All-Night Vigil for 700 Years of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God" and "Celebrating the Composer's Centennial: Divine Liturgy of Boris. M. Ledkovsky"
In 1999, A. Ledkovsky launched one of the first websites devoted to online publication of music scores of Russian Orthodox Church Muisic: www.rocm.org. Although he fell ill with cancer that same year, A. Ledkovsky was astonishingly productive in his work to create and publish numerous liturgical scores, including music for the full services of each of the services of the complete cycle of Orthodox Feasts.
After struggling for five years with head and neck cancer, A. Ledkovsky died in his home on Christmas Eve, 2004. His funeral was served by three bishops (ROCOR Metropolitan Laurus, Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan and Bishop Peter of Cleveland) more than one dozen priests, several deacons, and a chorus of more than 100 singers, who travelled from near and far to pay homage to the great conductor, composer, and editor.
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List of choral works
- Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
- Hirmosi for the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul
- Kursk - Root Icon of the Theotokos of the Sign: Exapostilarion (Bb major)
- Lament of Adam our Forefather
- Paschal Hours, Paschal Vespers for Monday, and Stichera for St. George
- Selected lenten services
- The Service for Pentecost
- Service for the Ascension of Our Lord
- Service for the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul
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- Russian Orthodox Church Music scores from the library of the Synod Cathedral Choir