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  Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Russia - PopMatters Music Review
The music on this CD is not that music, the officially sanctioned music created by those who had been streamed into the State-sponsored schools for their music education.
The pop music on this CD is difficult for a Western listener like me to absorb, first off because many of the techniques and flourishes that have found their way in from Western pop music were more than a bit out-dated before they were imported.
Her music, carried by her rich husky alto voice in front of folk choruses and instrumentation, is expansive and dignified, the sound honestly dramatic and deep, full of rich harmonies, and surprising melodic resolutions.
popmatters.com /music/reviews/various/various-roughguiderussia.shtml   (1177 words)

 Music In Russia
The subject was national, the contrast between Polish and Russian subjects in the music was brilliant, and actual or simulated folk songs gave a local coloring highly grateful to the Russian audience.
The boy Anton showed such talent for music under the skillful and affectionate teaching of his mother, that at the age of ten he was brought before various musical authorities in Paris for opinions concerning his talent.
But his love for music asserted itself, and after a short career as pupil in the St. Petersburgh conservatory, he was appointed teacher of harmony in that institution, and entered upon his career as composer.
www.oldandsold.com /opera/music-8.shtml   (1207 words)

 Music of Russia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
During the period of Soviet domination, music was highly scrutinized and kept within certain boundaries of content and innovation.
The Buryats of the far east is known for distinctive folk music which uses the two-stringed horsehead fiddle, or morin khur.
Tatar folk music have rhythmic peculiarities and pentatonic intonation in common with nations of the Volga area, who are ethnically Finno-Ugric and Turkic.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Russia   (1470 words)

 Russia - Music
Until the eighteenth century, Russian music consisted mainly of church music and folk songs and dances.
In 1859 the Russian Music Society was founded to foster the performance and appreciation of classical music, especially German, from Western Europe; the most influential figures in the society were the composer Anton Rubinstein and his brother Nikolay, who founded influential conservatories in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In the twentieth century, Russia continued to produce some of the world's foremost composers and musicians, despite the suppression by Soviet authorities of both music and performances.
countrystudies.us /russia/44.htm   (854 words)

 music of russia - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
The Emperors and Empresses of Russia: Rediscovering the Romanovs
Schneour Zalman, "The Rav of Northern White Russia," the founder of the Habad branch of Hasidism, was one...
The music of the Czech composers Bedrich Smetana and Dvorak and that of the Norwegian...
www.questia.com /search/music-of-russia   (1609 words)

 Russia, Culture, Street Music
I believe that the underlying reason is the similarity between the situation in Russia in the early 1990s and the situation during the NEP.
First, let's recall the Russian saying that "the one who pays is the one who orders the music." The people with a criminal past, who now have a very stable and powerful presence in Russia, pay to promote the songs they enjoy.
Russia in the Era of NEP: Explorations in Soviet Society and Culture.
www.cdi.org /russia/johnson/6022-12.cfm   (2048 words)

 Russian Music
These are sounds now rising throughout Russia on the crest of a religious resurgence since the fall of the Communist regime in 1991.
They are also heard in a steady stream of recordings of Russian liturgical music making its way to the West: something new under the sun, since the faith was driven underground in the Soviet Union in the 1920's, at the dawn of the recording era.
Several pages and music presentations at this server reportedly are not compatible with MS Explorer 4 and Netscape 6.
www.russia-in-us.com /Music   (657 words)

 Ethnic Russian music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab5.csail.mit.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ethnic music is especially associated with classical styles of ballet and opera, of which composers like Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and the members of The Mighty Handful are among the most well-known.
Late in the 19th century, elements of Russian folk music (such as the balalaika) began to be used in orchestras, beginning with a Russian folk instrument orchestra led by Vasily Andreyev.
During the Soviet era, music in the USSR was tightly restricted.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Ethnic_Russian_music   (626 words)

Russian music figured in Toscanini's symphonic programs from his very first concert, when on 20 March 1896 he played the Nutcracker Suite with his orchestra at the Teatro Regio, Turin.
For example, after that early Path?tique Tchaikovsky for long disappeared from his concert repertoire; Toscanini found his music in general too emotionally obvious ("I've never had the desire to conduct this Leoncavallo of the classics," he remarked in a 1934 letter) and some of it, such as the Fifth Symphony, too banal ever to touch.
As each was the product of fresh and prolonged study, so every one of them differed, often substantially, from the other; and in the conductor's last years this sometimes led to a greater breadth and relaxation.
www.musicandarts.com /CDpages/CD1115hc.html   (336 words)

 Music from Russia and Nearby Regions -Soviet National Anthem,russian folk ...
As Russia and the other former USSR states rush to modernize themselves, regional traditional music is becoming an endangered species.
Finland is not part of Russia - there were wars to that effect - but it is immediately adjacent to Karelia, which provides the melodies and inspiration for these early recordings by the popular Finnish group Värttinä.
I understand that this music is based on a pre-20th century czarist anthem.
www.richka.com   (422 words)

 Boston.com / A&E / Music / From Russia with love
Her mother taught music history; her father was a violinist as well as a photographer, but when the Spektors crossed the ocean they had to leave their piano behind; it was considered Soviet property.
Spektor was so focused on perfecting her Chopin that the idea of writing a song didn't occur to her until her senior year, but then the floodgates opened.
As her songs became ''weirder and darker" and as Spektor became more serious about a life in music, she moved back in with her parents to save money, and became a fixture on the anti-folk scene, supporting such artists as David Poe, Ed Harcourt, and the Dismemberment Plan.
www.boston.com /ae/music/articles/2005/04/01/from_russia_with_love?pg=2   (666 words)

 Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab5.csail.mit.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Music remained his avocation when in 1856 he entered the Imperial Naval Academy.
An unfortunate academicism then tinctured his music, disappearing only in the 1880s with the appearance of such works as the opera The Snow Maiden (1882) and Scheherazade (1888), a symphonic suite.
He directed the Free Music School and conducted its concerts (1874-81), assisted at the Imperial Chapel Choir (1883-94), conducted Beliaev's "Russian Symphony Concerts" (1886-1900), and undertook the controversial task of editing the works of his deceased friends Mussorgsky and Borodin.
russia-in-us.com.cob-web.org:8888 /Music/Opera/rimsky.html   (364 words)

 CD Baby: SLAVYANKA: Russia Old and New (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab5.csail.mit.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Russia never shared in the profound cultural upheavals of Europe as the West moved from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and the Reformation.
Early church music, derived directly from ancient Byzantine chant, is the musical expression of a faith that is austere, timeless, otherworldly, deeply transcendent in spirit - an while later church music incorporates many elements from other sources, this mystical, unearthly, haunting character of the ancient church is never far below the surface.
The second of these traditions is Russian folk music - unabashedly pagan in spirit, rooted in the land and the earthy vitality of peasant life.
cdbaby.com.cob-web.org:8888 /cd/slavyanka   (707 words)

 Russian Culture: Modern Music in Russia
The music in Russia in the 20th century developed in a very interesting way.
In Russia in the 1920s and 30s there was the "silver age" in poetry and in romance music as well.
Also in Russia there are a lot of traditional Russian romance performances, so you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the music in a concert hall.
www.guidetorussia.org /culture/modern-music.shtml   (2492 words)

 The Rough Guide to the Music of Russia
Music from the former land of the Soviet Union is a study in the effects of repression by governments, the tenacity of artists, and the tidal wave of accessible information (especially from the West) on the musical community.
This is a great example of gypsies absorbing music from all over and bringing the most useful elements into their arrangements.
The members are classically trained, but they incorporate musical ideas from folk and jazz along with their Russian classics.
www.greenmanreview.com /cd/cd_va_roughguide_russia.html   (575 words)

 Russian Music | Music of Russia | Questia.com Online Library
...Soviet and Russian music of the first third of the 20th century--with the exception of the music of a few high-profile composers who were officially sponsored by the...
Music of Speech ; A History of Russian Music ; A General History of Music...clear, explained and justified.
Music in the United States...the symphonies of Russian composers, from...personal, gripping music, but romantic music...just like...
www.questia.com /library/music-and-performing-arts/russian-music.jsp   (666 words)

 Classical Music on the Russian WEB
Choir is one of the oldest musical ediucational istitution founded in 1891.
The Russian Choral Music Source "Musica Russica" is your one-stop source for the vast and varied world of Russian choral music.
He is particularly experienced in British music, baroque music and music of the 20th century.
www.classicalmusic.spb.ru /links/index.html   (483 words)

 World Music Central - Russian_labels
Russian company Boheme Music is one of the major producers of music recordings on the former USSR territory.
Boheme Music also puts together research expeditions to gather the invaluable experience and musical traditions of different peoples and nationalities living in various parts of Russia.
Pravitelstvo Zvuka is a Russian music label, distributor, and publishing company that promotes and distributes World and New Age music since 1994 in the former -Soviet Union territories.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /staticpages/index.php/Russian_labels.htm   (292 words)

 Music- From Russia With Love
In 2001 Regina Spektor was one of the stars of New York City's anti-folk movement, which comprised a bunch of acoustic singer/songwriters who took inspiration from punk, rock, and pop over your typical coffeehouse fare.
A classically trained pianist who was born in Russia and raised in the Bronx, Spektor's songwriting is all over the map, but in a good way.
Punk, German cabaret, Eastern European folk music, and her considerable keyboard chops give her the ability to create songs full of unexpected twists and turns.
www.sfweekly.com /Issues/2006-05-10/music/music4.html   (361 words)

 Classical Guitar Alive! Play Lists (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab5.csail.mit.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
features music of Russia, from traditional folk and gypsy music, to 19th Century works for Russian 7-string guitar, to contemporary works by one of the world's greatest living guitar composers, Nikita Koshkin.
His "Souvenir of Russia" for 2 guitars is a set of variations based on music that he heard during his visit.
The program concludes with one of the most powerful works of the entire guitar repertory, and one of the greatest 20th Century compositions for a solo instrument, Nikita Koshkin's apocalyptic composition, "Andante quasi Passacaglia e Toccata", subtitled, "The Fall of Birds".
guitaralive.org.cob-web.org:8888 /playlist_05_10_19.html   (351 words)

 Folk Music in Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It often seems to Western observers that the behaviour and emotions of Russians can be extreme.
Extremes of sadness and depression, extremes of excitement and joy, extremes of tenderness and violence are all reflected in folk music.
Some put this down to the climate, others to the geography of the country and others to the Russian 'soul'.
rhelp.users.netlink.co.uk /photo/ruspic/folkmusic.htm   (105 words)

 Music of Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Prior to him, Russian music was dominated by foreigners.
These composers did not think of themselves as a group, but they did all follow the same basic principles in their music.
They composed Russian nationalistic pieces by using religious and folk music as the basis for art music.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/cultural/music/russia.shtml   (234 words)

 EUROPE: Eastern Europe / Russia: Music
"The Musical Heritage of Eastern Europe and Russia": This is an on-going project run by students in the music department at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
...Pan-flute music in Russia is found only in small groups of villages in two non-contiguous localities, one on the border between present-day Briansk and Kaluga provinces, the other in South Kursk province, roughly 200 to 350 miles south-west of Moscow....
Developed from unstandardized folk lutes by the nobleman Andreyev in the late 18th century into a whole family of instruments with standard tunings, the balalaika has become one of the most important plucked stringed instruments in Eastern Europe, and the quintessential lute in Russia and the Ukraine....
www.mythinglinks.org /euro~east~russia~music.html   (999 words)

 Rambles: various artists, The Rough Guide to the Music of Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Both the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union had a profound effect on the music of Russia, and it is thanks to the latter that CDs such as The Rough Guide to the Music
If you grew up thinking that Russian music was mostly Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky and all the rest was balalaikas, then you are in for an eclectically pleasant experience.
Overall, there's a good variety on The Rough Guide to the Music of Russia representing a mini-history of modern Russian music, from the traditional roots music to the modern mix of rock, jazz and the blues.
www.rambles.net /rough_russia02.html   (191 words)

 Music- ¡Forward, Russia!
Short on personality but high on concept, Give Me a Wall plays like a musical companion piece to The Communist Manifesto.
These Leeds-based noise-conjurers wrap their songs' brittle melodies in appropriately dense postpunk effects, albeit with a far more academic bent than their deranged peers in the now-defunct Test Icicles.
Unfortunately Forward, Russia!'s intellectual prerogative occasionally turns absurd: Substituting numbers for proper song titles and then refusing to match those numbers to their running order crosses the line from arty to annoying.
www.miaminewtimes.com /Issues/2006-09-28/music/rotations2.html   (100 words)

Music was about something; an unheroic Heldenleben brought the complaint, "Nu, und woo is das hero?" In his international "idiosyncratic" of speech, which spilled over into his conducting, is evidence of a life which at times sounds precisely like an MGM musical.
If Koussevitzky was deficient in technique, which no one had ever required him to study solidly, and spent little time considering form and artistic intention, supposedly making his readings too subjective, few disasters occurred.
www.musicandarts.com /CDpages/CD4981hc.html   (197 words)

 In Russia, MP3 Album Music Download at eMusic
Explore music collections from fans of this album
Although the music of this two-LP set was recording at a concert in the Soviet Union, it is a fairly typical recital by pianist Oscar Peterson with no obvious reference to the exotic location.
Other than three originals, all of the music is comprised of veteran standards and, although no real surprises occur, the results are what one would expect from the great Oscar Peterson, who alternates hard swingers with sensitive ballad renditions.
www.emusic.com /album/10605/10605457.html   (277 words)

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