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  • Russian Nationalism, Folk Music and Composers MUS103: Survey of Music History II Dr. Kathleen Bondurant, Ph.D.
  • The Music of Russia http://i.infoplease.com/images/mrussia.gif
  • The Music of Russia
    • Russia is a large and extremely culturally diverse country, with dozens of ethnic groups, each with their own forms of music. During the period of Soviet domination, music was highly scrutinized and kept within certain boundaries of content and innovation. After the fall of the USSR, western-style rock and pop music became the most popular musical forms in Russia. Some native artists broke through.
  • The Music of Russia
    • Classical music, opera and ballet
    • Russia has a long history of classical music innovation. The first important Russian composer was Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), who added religious and folk elements to classical compositions, composing pioneering operas like A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Lyudmila ; though these operas were distinctively Russian, they were based on the Italian tradition.
    • Glinka and the composers who made up The Mighty Handful after him (Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Borodin and Csar Cui) were often influenced by Russian folk music and tales. This same period saw the foundation of the Russian Musical Society in 1859, led by composers Anton and Nikolay Rubinstein. The Mighty Handful and the Russian Music Society were rivals, with the former embracing a Russian national identity and the latter musically conservative. Among the Mighty Handful's most notable compositions were the operas The Snow Maiden ( Snegurochka ), Sadko , Boris Godunov , Prince Igor and Khovanshchina , and the symphonic suite Scheherazade .
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  • The Music of Russia
    • The musical partnership of the Mighty Five was brought together by circumstance and through the help of the composer Dargomyzhsky. While Dargomyzhsky was composing The Stone Guest he became very ill. Dargomyzhsky ended up relying on a group of very talented young composers: Mily Balakirev , Cesar Cui, and Modest Mussorgsky along with Alexander Borodin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
    • The young group came together through talking about music and helping the older composer finish his works. It was delight, awe, it was an almost prayerful bowing before a mighty creative force, which had transformed that weak bilious, sometimes petty and envious man into a powerful giant of will, energy, and inspiration. 'The Balakirev group' was overjoyed and delighted. It surrounded Dargomyzhsky with its sincere adoration, and with its profound intellectual sympathy rewarded the poor old man in the final days of his life for all the long years of moral loneliness.
  • The Music of Russia (From left to right: a singer, Moussorgsky, Korsakov, (Stasov), Balakirev,Cui,and Borodin) http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://it.stlawu.edu/~rkreuzer/pbearse/the_five.jpg&imgrefurl=http://it.stlawu.edu/~rkreuzer/pbearse/The_Mighty_Five.htm&h=281&w=481&sz=33&hl=en&start=9&tbnid=9pdq8AD0K-u2eM:&tbnh=75&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthe%2BRussian%2BMightly%2BFive%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS239US239
  • The Music of Russia
    • The Mighty Five-- A companionship was soon built around the friendship of the older composer Dargomyzhsky and the musical talent the group shared. The group of Mily Balakirev , Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov soon became known as "Moguchaya Kuchka", or the "Mighty Handful". The name was given to the group by Vladimir Stasov in May 1867 during a concert in which "Stasov spoke of the new composers as a small but mighty handful." The mighty handful has often been thought to be the most outstanding group of composers ever to have existed in St. Petersburg. The members of the Mighty Five were all amateur composers. They were not trained in the great music schools of the day. They taught themselves and each other how to write Russian music.
  • The Music of Russia
    • Other prominent Russian composers include Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and in the 20th century Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke. Of these, Tchaikovsky remains the best known outside Russia, and his fame as the country's most famous composer is unquestioned. He is best known for ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker .
    • During the 19th century, Count Uvarov led a campaign of nationalist revival which initiated the first professional orchestra with traditional instruments, beginning with Vassily Andreyev, who used the balalaika in an orchestra late in the century. Just after the dawn of the 20th century, Mitrofan Pyatnitsky founded the Pyatnitsky Choir, which used rural peasant singers and traditional sounds. By the time of the Soviet Union, however, it had become one of many groups playing sanitized folk music, now often called fakelore .
  • The Music of Russia The Balalaika It is not known when and how the balalaika became part of the musical tradition of the Russian people, but there is no doubt that it occupies a central place in their hearts today. Though clearly established as a folk instrument since the 17th Century, the balalaika experienced a serious threat to its popularity in the early and middle 19th Century, when the seven-stringed guitar and the concertina were introduced into Russia. Compared to these fashionable European imports the balalaika increasingly fell out of favor. In the 1880's however, Vladimir. V. Andreev, aristocrat, folklorist and musician, came to its rescue. He heard the balalaika while he was collecting folk songs, fell in love with its sound, and decided to become its champion. http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Bayou/5961/BR-photo.jpg
  • The Music of Russia
    • Soviet Era
    • In the 1910s romances (in exotic Russian, Caucasian, Gypsy and Italian styles) became very popular. The greatest and most popular singers of romances usually sang in operas at the same time. Singers usually composed music and wrote the lyrics. Musically and structurally based on romances are the bard songs (starting in the 60's) and the criminal songs. The bard genre can be compared to the American folk-revival movement of the 60's, closer to poetry than music.
    • The Soviet Era produced many prominent musicians in spite of oppression from the government. Some migrs remained popular abroad, like pianist Vladimir Horowitz, whose 1986 performance in Moscow, the first in his native land, was a landmark event.
  • The Music of Russia
    • Leonid Utyosov, one of the most popular singers of Soviet era.
  • The Music of Russia
    • Perestroika Music
    • Many underground rock bands arose during early 80s: Center, Aquarium, Secret, Zoopark, and Trek.
    • They formed active musical communities. During Perestroika they became mainstream, notable bands of that time include DDT, Alisa, and Sektor Gaza.
    • DDT, Aria and Alisa are still active today and are very popular with the modern youth.
    • Lesser known but still popular bands playing in diverse styles were common, too. Notable examples are Zvuki Mu and Televizor.
  • The Music of Russia Russian Rock Group Aquarium played a special part in the history of Soviet rock music and still stands out in the panorama of modern bands. It was the activity of this group in the early 1980s that served as a catalyst for consolidation of the leading creative powers of the uncoordinated amateurish rock movement. It helped to enrich the rock language with many achievements of world music culture and attract the attention of multi-million Russian and foreign audience to the Russian language rock. russia-ic.com/culture_art/music/381/
  • The Music of Russia
    • Post-Soviet Music
    • Middle 90's showed decline for Russian rock due to economical problems, changes in mentality and mass media reorientation.
    • The Russian duet t.A.T.u is by far the most successful Russian band. They have reached number one in many countries around the world with several of their singles and albums.
    • Still, there are many popular rock bands including Pilot, Zemfira, Splean and many still-functioning 80's bands such as DDT, Alisa, Picnick, Akvarium, Mashina Vremeni.
  • The Music of Russia Orgia Pravednikov--Progressive Metal Group http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Russia http://mog.com/pictures/artists/0000/0000/0416/pictures/81734.jpeg t.A.T.u.
  • The Music of Russia
    • Russian Folk music
    • Bashkir
    • The first major study of Bashkir music appeared in 1897, when ethnographer Rybakov (S.G.) wrote Music and Songs of the Ural's Muslims and Studies of Their Way of Life .