Welcome to RICHKA.COM.....
Russian Music and
Nearby Regions and Former USSR States
As Russia and the other
former USSR states rush to modernize themselves, regional traditional music
is becoming an endangered species. Richka maintains a tiny sample of a vast musical richness. E-mail comments and corrections are always welcome.
Email Jim Duncan, Ostenta Fine Arts (photo
- me in Russia)
Music will stream (wma) to your player: Windows Media, etc. or various
NOTE (Feb. 20, 2014): Music will now more likely open in your mobile
device. Try it now!
The 11 tunes below are from a CD
(19 tunes on the CD). I'm told by a Russian music fan that you can
sometimes find this CD at Amazon, EBay, and other places by
searching "caravay petersburg ensemble". He successfully
bought the CD this way.
| Enjoy this great music by the Soviet Red Army
Russian Folk Music used in Other
- Overture on
Russian Themes -
This is my favorite theme from this 13 minute composition.
- from Rimsky-Korsakoff's opera
May Night 2:00
- Kolo - dance around a
bonfire from Rimsky-Korsakoff's opera Mlada 1:29
- Tale of the
from Liadov's Eight Russian Folk Songs 1:33
Dance - my favorite tune
from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake 4:25
Nights - blues singer Ketty
Lester 1966 2:20
Nevmogotu - from Kovanschina by Mussorgsky
This is an orchestral fusion of 19th century Russian nationalism
with a French anthem from the late-1500s titled "Vive le Roi Henri"
(Henry IV of France) that was also later used in the French Restoration
with "Henri" changed to "Louis". This brief piece closes the
Tchaikovsky "Sleeping Beauty" ballet. It's a clear example of
prior-centuries Russians looking Westward for learning and the arts.
used 1944-1991; complete; with revised 1977 lyrics
You've all frequently heard this theme in earlier Olympic
telecasts as Soviet athletes swept up the gold medals, so for old time's sake here it is
complete with singing. This is the "clean" version from which references to
Stalin were removed in 1977. Its original
lyrics embody a nationalistic style now very
out of step with the march of time. For one look at why Stalin was erased from the anthem,
go to the mines of
in Siberia. Many more versions of the Soviet and Russian
anthems back to czarist times are on this
Last but not least...
- no, this isn't Russian nor Slavic at all but is a sample
of the music on my Andean music website BOLEADORA.COM.
Check it out!
National Anthem - most national anthems are
terrible - surely chosen by commitees. However, the Romanians have
managed to choose a nice anthem - one of the world's best - for
Orchestra only version.
of Interest and Richka Supporters
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