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Russian Music

Music of Russia includes rich heritage of Russian nations and combines the work of Russian and Soviet composers of 18-20 centuries BC, Russian Folk music, Russian romance, Soviet and post Soviet popular music, Russian Rock and bardic music.

Russian folk music originates from the folklore of Slavic tribes and other different more than 190 ethnic groups and indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation. Big ethnic diversity of people influenced the music, appearance of various musical instruments and brought such genres as calendar and ceremonial songs, wedding, dancing, lyric songs and chastooshka.

Russian classical music is most popular for Mikhail Glinka, Balakirev, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Anton and Nikolay Rubinstein, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Later prominent Russian composers include Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Georgy Sviridov, Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin.

As for classical singers Feodor Chaliapin is one of the most famous. His powerful and flexible bass voice, employed in conjunction with a mesmerizing stage presence and superb acting ability made him one of the supreme performers in the history of opera. Galina Vishnevskaya and Anna Netrebko are among many Russian singers famous worldwide.

The beginnig of the 20th century introdced such stars as Alexander Vertinsky and Leonid Utesov. Utesov's songs were especially popular by the first Soviet musical comedy film "Vesyoliye Rebyata" and immediately falen in love with the all Soviet people. He was called the legend of Soviet stage.

Popular singers of Soviet period were Muslim Magomaev, Leo Leshchenko, Iosiph Kobzon, Maiya Crystalinskaya, Lyudmila Zykina, Alla Pugacheva , Valeriy Leontiev. Some fo then are still on Russian pop stage.

The bard genre was represented by such artists as Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galich and Vladimir Vysotskiy, and later Alexander Rosenbaum all wrote their own songs, and the recordings were distributed underground. They represented separate subclulture and performed authiords songs mainly. However their names were very popular and Vysotskiy has become an icon for many Russian people of those time and now.

The same period saw the birth of Russian rock with most popular bands: "Gorky Park", "Aria", "Mashina Vremeni ", "Aquarium", "Nautilus Pompilius", "Kino", "Sektor Gaza".

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