Collection Date(s): 1819-1950
Extent and Forms of Material: 3 boxes; Musical scores.
of Material: Russian and English
Scope and Content: The Skvir–Buketoff Music Collection was donated by The Very Rev. Daniel
(SVOTS '69) and Tamara Skvir, rector and choir director of the Holy
Transfiguration Chapel in Princeton, NJ .
The Collection consists of four boxes of Eastern Orthodox liturgical
music published from the year 1819 up through 1950, and included several
unique and rare scores.The bulk of the collection belongs to The Very Rev. Constantine
Buketoff, who came to the United States in the first decade of the
20th century as a church musician, and served as a rector of several
parishes in the vicinity of New York City. It includes hundreds of
pre–Revolutionary individual sheet music scores as well as
anthologies. Dozens of Russian composers are represented, prolific composer, conductor and teacher Pavel Chesnokoff prominent among them.The Buketoff portion of the collection was later passed on to Fr. Constantine's son, Igor Buketoff, a renowned symphony conductor and composer known for his unique rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture that incorporates the choral component, and for his orchestration of Rachmaninoff's unfinished opera, Mona Vanna.
Subsequently, Fr. Daniel and Tamara Turkevich Skvir (Fr.
Constantine's granddaughter) inherited the collection and supplemented
it with the music collection of The Very Rev. John Skvir, who reposed
in 1987 and served as the rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox
Church in Jersey City for 35 years. The entire collection was then donated to the Father Georges Florovsky Library by the combined families.
System of Arrangement:Alphabetical by composer's surname. Vocal parts are abbreviated (S=Soprano, A=Alto, T=Tenor, B=Bass). This collection was organized and cataloged by Fr. Daniel and Matushka Tassie Skvir.
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