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Salvation is Created, also known as "Salvation belongeth to our God" or by its original Russian title, "Spaséniye sodélai," is a choral work composed by Pavel Tchesnokov in 1912. It was one of the last sacred works he composed before he was forced to turn to secular arts by the Soviet government. Although he never heard his own composition performed, his children had the opportunity to in the years following his death. The Virginia Glee Club has performed the work over the years in both English and Russian.

Salvation is Created was originally published in 1913 by J. Fischer and Bro. but its popularity drove editors to produce many different versions in both Russian and English. Scored for either six or eight voices (SATTBB or SSAATTBB), the work is a communion hymn based on a synodal Kievan chant melody and Psalm 74 (73 in the Greek version). The original Russian text is as follows:

  • Russian Script: Cпасение coдeлaл еси посреде земли, Боже. Аллилуия.
  • Phonetic Alphabet: Spaséniye sodélal yesí posredé ziemlí, Bózhe. Allilúiya.
  • English: Salvation is made in the midst of the earth, O God. Alleluia.

The keys of B minor and D major are the work’s primary key centers, and it is cast in AA’ or two part strophic form.

Glee Club performance history[]

The first recorded Virginia Glee Club performance of the work came in 1945, under the direction of Stephen Tuttle. Performances in the 1940s and 1950s were in English; later performances have been in Russian.



  • Rommereim, J. C. "'The Choir and How to Direct It:' Pavel Chesnokov's magnum opus." CHORAL JOURNAL, Official Publication of the American Choral Directors Association XXXVIII, no. 7 (1998): 29-42.
  • Tchesnokov, Pavel. "Salvation is Created (Pavel Tchesnokov)." Choral Public Domain Library. Two editions. (accessed February 15, 2011).