442 - Great God, Your Love Has Called Us Here

Tune:  St. Petersburg

 

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Dimitri Bortniansky is one of the lesser-known Russian composers of the Classical period, but his music is really good -- it's worth getting to know him better.  I've always felt that the tempo for this tune needs to be chosen carefully:  not so slow that it's a dirge, but not so fast that it's a Strauss waltz, or even a Mozart minuet.  It needs to be driven more by the melody and less by the boom-chicka-chicka feeling of three to a bar.