Frederick A. Binkholder, Artistic Director

Zakaria Paliashvili

Zakaria Paliashvili and his Georgian Sacred Chants

The Chorale has taken a leading role in researching and performing Georgian Sacred Chants on the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by the “father of Georgian classical music,” Zakaria Paliashvili (1871-1933). A virtually unknown work, the Chorale performed it twice in concert in 2010 and 2014 and in June 2014, made the first recording in the Georgian language. The Chorale’s research on the piece was highlighted by a trip to Georgia in the summer of 2012, visiting monasteries and churches throughout the country as well as Paliashvili’s birth museum in Kutaisi, and his apartment museum in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. The Chorale used its own performing edition, which was created from the original 1909 score.

The Chorale is interested in promoting performances by other choruses. In this webpage, you will find sample scores, and background information on Zakaria Paliashvili and the rich history of Georgian music.

The score as used for Chorale performances was edited and annotated by Parker Jayne. For more information, contact Parker at [email protected].