Russian Culture
Famous Russian musicians

Russian Sacred Music Online star
Listen to the music online in Real Audio format. Internet Audio Archive. Supported by the Soros Foundation

Aleksandr Porfiryevich Borodin (1833-1887) star[offsite link]
Borodin studies medicine and chemistry at the medico-Surgical academy in St. Petersburg. Later he was appointed to the chair of Chemistry. He wrote his first flute concerto when he was only 13. His first major work was Symphony in E-flat in 1867.

Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851) star[offsite link]
Alyabiev authored more than 200 romances, 7 operas, 20 musical comedies, and many choral, symphonic, chamber and piano works.

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857) star[offsite link]
Glinka was the founder of the Russian national school of music, which was subsequently carried on by such composers as Aleksandr Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolay Rimsky- Korsakov.

Russian Bards. Listen to the songs and learn some of the history star
This started as a kind of protest movement during Soviet era. When so little was there to safely express yourself, when many great authors wrote "into the desk drawers" - young people still could get together in some quiet suburban area and sing whatever (almost) they pleased inside the tent circle.

Russian Composers star[offsite link]
From Alexander Aliabiev (15 August 1787 - 06 March 1851) to Anton Arensky (12 July 1861 - 25 February 1906) to Nikolai Zaremba (15 June 1821 - 08 April 1879)

Russian Musical Instruments star
Russia also has its share of unique musical instruments that are played in traditional folk music. Three of the most well-known Russian instruments include the bayan, the balalaika, and the gusli.

Russian Sacred Music Online star
Listen to the music online in Real Audio format. Internet Audio Archive. Supported by the Soros Foundation.

Sergei Prokofiev--A Selective Chronology star[offsite link]
An interesting attempt to make parallels between a Soviet-era composer biography and historical events of the time

Tchaikovsky star
One of the most famous of Russian composers is Peter -- pronounced Peytr in Russian -- Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra star[offsite link]
Music Director & Chief Conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev

The Prayer of Pussy Riot star
In February 2012, an unusual prayer session took place in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. No male clergy was involved and three women led the unusual prayer that lasted for less than a minute.

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