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Russian Folk Songs

Russian Folk Songs

by Vadim Prokhorov


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"Russian folk songs are a living history of the Russian people, rich, vivid and truthful, revealing their entire life," wrote the great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Russian folk songs have always played an essential part in Russian life, culture, and music. They have played an important part in the work of many great Russian composers including Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Prokoviev, and Stravinsky. In this new study, Vadim Prokhorov provides a historical survey and a description of the musical and poetic characteristics of Russian folk song. The songs themselves are classified into several categories: calendar songs, lyric songs, work songs, epic songs, historical songs, and the urban songs that emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries. Prokhorov provides a basis for understanding the ethnomusicological principles of Russian folk song. In addition to his discussion of the various categories, he includes a generous selection of songs arranged for voice and piano, together with texts and translations of the song texts. Anyone interested in this rich repertory of folk song, whether as teacher, singer, or music lover, will find this a rewarding collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810841277
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 889,944
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Vadim Prokhorov is a composer, concert pianist and choral conductor. He is the author of twenty-two articles on classical music in the Encyclopedia Americana, for which he works as a contributing editor. He is also an editor for Musica Russica, Inc.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciation Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 1 Calendar Songs Chapter 6 2 Lyric Songs Chapter 7 3 Work Songs Chapter 8 4 Bylinas (Epic Songs) Chapter 9 5 Historical Songs Chapter 10 6 Urban Songs Chapter 11 Glossary of Russian Words Chapter 12 Selected Bibliography Chapter 13 Subject and Name Index Chapter 14 Song Index Chapter 15 About the Author

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