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Russian Music and Dance -
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As Russia and the other former USSR states rush to modernize themselves, regional traditional music is becoming an endangered species. Richka maintains a tiny sample of a vast musical richness. E-mail comments and corrections are always welcome. Email  Jim Duncan, Ostenta Fine Arts (photo - me in Russia)

Music will stream (wma) to your player: Windows Media, etc. or various Linux players.  NOTE (Feb. 20, 2014): Music will now more likely open in your mobile device. Try it now!

NEW !!
Watch complete Arizona Balalaika Orchestra concert of March 25, 2012 in full 1080p HDTV on YouTube.  Also a rehearsal.

Some tunes on Richka.com in the Finland collection
Lapikaspolkka - Markku Lepistö         Syyskuun ilta - Eino Tulikari

Kuban Cossack Chorus * = from YouTube video

The 11 tunes below are from a CD entitled "Caravay" (19 tunes on the CD).  I'm told by a Russian music fan that you can sometimes find this CD at Amazon, EBay, and other places by searching "caravay petersburg ensemble".  He successfully bought the CD this way.




     Enjoy this great music by the Soviet Red Army Chorus      

Russian Folk Music used in Other Forms - examples

  • Overture on Russian Themes - Rimsky-Korsakoff 3:55
    This is my favorite theme from this 13 minute composition.
  • Hopak - from Rimsky-Korsakoff's opera May Night  2:00
  • Kolo - dance around a bonfire from Rimsky-Korsakoff's opera Mlada 1:29
  • Tale of the Birds - from Liadov's Eight Russian Folk Songs  1:33
  • Russian Dance - my favorite tune from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake 4:25

  • Moscow Nights - blues singer Ketty Lester 1966  2:20

  • Oh, Mne Nevmogotu  - from Kovanschina by Mussorgsky

  • Apotheosis 2:22 
    This is an orchestral fusion of 19th century Russian nationalism with a French anthem from the late-1500s titled "Vive le Roi Henri" (Henry IV of France) that was also later used in the French Restoration with "Henri" changed to "Louis".  This brief piece closes the Tchaikovsky "Sleeping Beauty" ballet. It's a clear example of prior-centuries Russians looking Westward for learning and the arts.

  • Soviet National Anthem - used 1944-1991; complete; with revised 1977 lyrics
    You've all frequently heard this theme in earlier Olympic telecasts as Soviet athletes swept up the gold medals, so for old time's sake here it is complete with singing. This is the "clean" version from which references to Stalin were removed in 1977.  Its original lyrics embody a nationalistic style now very out of step with the march of time. For one look at why Stalin was erased from the anthem, go to the mines of Kolyma in Siberia. Many more versions of the Soviet and Russian anthems back to czarist times are on this cool site.

Last but not least...

  • Kacharpari - no, this isn't Russian nor Slavic at all but is a sample of the music on my Andean music website BOLEADORA.COM. Check it out!
  • Romanian National Anthem - most national anthems are terrible - surely chosen by commitees. However, the Romanians have managed to choose a nice anthem - one of the world's best - for their country. Orchestra only version.

Music from Russia and the former USSR states -RealAudio,Soviet National Anthem,russian folk music,international folk music,russia,karelia,ukraine,byelorussia,kazakhstan,balalaika,ussr

Links of Interest and Richka Supporters
+Worldwide National Anthems - cool site
+Music of the Renaissance Period
+Music from the Andes
+Best Internet Poetry 1987-2000

+Radio Antena Sur Andean music from Huancayo, Peru
+Hong Kong Real Estate

+Santa Cruz Real Estate
+Open Mystic

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