On the one hand, fortunately, gone are the days when the concept of “Russian folk music” was reduced to “Play, accordion” and the ensemble “birch”. On the other hand, we seem to still underestimate neither the stylistic diversity of Russian folk in General, nor the number and quality of its facets, which can please the connoisseur of horror.
Russian folk, senseless and ruthless…. Oh, sorry wrong quote, but still not quite in the subject. But the real truth in it: that motley bunch, which is sometimes referred to as Russian folk, often are not true to the folk and not always refers to the Russian. First, not all groups write in this “style” is generally taken for folk instruments, and secondly, to put it mildly, few use really popular songs, and third, the basis of creativity of many local musicians is, certainly, folklore, but not always domestic. Continue reading
Russian writer F. M. Dostoevsky told how in 1848 the composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka visited the Society of lovers of literature. He then played Chopin, Gluck and his own compositions. And then he broke up and performed his famous “Kamarinskaya”. Dostoevsky listened, and he remembered one of the spring evenings, a strange condition that suddenly came over him, like if you were going home on a dark evening, thoughtlessly and sadly looking around, and suddenly you would hear music. A ball! In brightly lit Windows shadow flicker, heard rustling and shuffling, as if heard whispers seductive ballroom, solid bass buzzing, squealing violin … you pass by, entertained, excited, you have a desire for something, a longing. It’s like you’ve heard life…”. About how music affects the man told us the Russian writer and physician V. V. Veresaev. Continue reading