Nuinye otpushchayeshi (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-21)  CPDL #57159:       
Editor: John Christensen (submitted 2020-02-21).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Church Slavonic with transliteration to Latin script; English.
  • (Posted 2016-01-23)  CPDL #38292:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Words in Church Slavonic with transliteration underneath.

General Information

Title: Nuinye otpushchayeshi (Now let Your servant)
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: Sacred

Language: Church Slavonic
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1915 by Russian Music Publisher, Moscow
Description: Всенощное бдение (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37, No. 5. This was sung at Rachmaninoff's funeral, at his prior request. The text is also known as Nunc dimittis.

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Original text and translations

Church_Slavonic.png Church Slavonic text

Ныне отпущаеши раба Твоего,
Владыко, по глаголу Твоему, с миром;
яко видеста очи мои спасение Твое,
еже еси уготовал,
пред лицем всех людей,
свет во откровение языков
и славу людей Твоих Израиля.

English.png English translation

Now let Your servant depart in peace,
Lord, by Your word;
My eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared,
In view of all the people,
A light revealed to all tongues
and to the glory of Your people, Israel.

Translation by Barry Johnston