Russian and Slavonic church music
- Miloš Velimirović,
- Irene Lozovaya,
- Gregory Myers
- and Leonora DeCarlo
The Slavs as an ethnic group are divided into eastern Slavs (i.e. Russians, ‘Little Russians’ or Ukrainians, and ‘White Russians’ or Belorussians), western Slavs (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks and Lusatian Sorbs) and southern Slavs (Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, as well as Montenegrins and Macedonian Slavs).
The eastern Slavs and some of the southern Slavs (except for Croats and Slovenes) accepted Christianity in its Eastern Orthodox form. The remaining Slavonic groups were converted to Roman Catholicism, although some of them had contacts at various times with Eastern Orthodoxy through the intermediary role of Greek missionaries. Within this article only the Eastern Orthodox Slavs will be discussed, that is, those who accepted the Christian religion from the Greeks and the accompanying ritual in its Greek form but translated the services into the Old Church Slavonic language, the root of all Slavonic languages. This language evolved over many centuries. After the 11th century it became Church Slavonic with strong regional variants so that one may speak of various national recensions of Church Slavonic as it is recorded in written documents....