Songs of Russian emigration, or, Russian song in exile
Already in 1919, the exodus of Russians from Russia began. The country has left several million people. The centers of Russian scattering around the world were Istanbul, and Prague, and…

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Songs of the Civil War: this is not forgotten ...
Many people know the expression: "When the guns say, the muses are silent." His rightness is relative. So, in the Leningrad blockade, the muses were not silent. On the contrary,…

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How to restore a broken voice
Alas, with the loss of voice, sooner or later, every vocalist is faced. Very often, the cause of a broken voice is not intensive vocals, but a cry, especially in…

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Velvet voice contralto. What is the main secret of his popularity

Contralto is one of the brightest female voices. Its velvety low sound is often compared to a cello. This voice is quite rare in nature, so it is very appreciated for its beautiful timbre and for the fact that it has the lowest notes for women. HOW AND WHEN A CONTRALTO IS FORMED This voice has its own characteristics of formation. Most often, it can be determined after 14 or 18 years. The female voice of the contralto is mainly formed from 2 children: low alt, which from an early age has a pronounced chest register or soprano with an inexpressive timbre. Usually by the transitional age, the first voice acquires a beautiful low sound with a velvety chest register, and the second unexpectedly expands the range for everyone and begins to sound beautiful after adolescence. Continue reading

Songs of bondage, prisons and penal servitude: from Pushkin to the Circle

Indestructible pity, “mercy for the fallen”, including even the most inveterate robbers and murderers, gave rise to a special song layer. And let other refined aesthetes fastidiously turn their nose – in vain! As folk wisdom tells us not to swear from scrip and prison, so in real life of bondage, prison and hard labor went hand in hand. And in the twentieth century, few at least didn’t take a sip from this bitter bowl … WHO ARE THE SOURCES? The songs of bondage, prisons and penal servitude, paradoxically as it may seem, originate in the works of our most freedom-loving poet, A.S. Pushkin. Once, being in the Southern exile, the young poet swung at the Moldovan boyar Balsa, and blood would have spilled if the people around had not interfered. So, during a brief house arrest, the poet created one of the poetic masterpieces – The Prisoner. Continue reading

What is a znamenny chant: meaning, history, types

Russian church music began with the famous chant that arose during the baptism of Russia. Its name is associated with the use of special notation signs – “banners” for its recording. Their intricate names are associated with a graphic image: a bench, a darling, a cup, two in a canoe, etc. Visually, banners (aka hooks) are a combination of dashes, dots, and commas. Each banner contains information on the duration of sounds, their number in a given motive, the direction of the melody and the characteristics of the performance. The intonations of the znamenny chant were acquired by the singers and parishioners of the church according to rumors from the masters of znamenny singing, since the banners did not record the exact pitch of the sound. Continue reading

How to learn to sing softly
Listening to world famous singers, many are surprised: the performers convey the subtle nuances of the vocal composition so subtly that even the quietest words can easily be heard on…

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Lullabies - therapy for childhood fears
There is an expression that we all come from childhood. And it is true. All the emotions and experiences a child receives in childhood leave an almost indelible imprint on…

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Where to find strength to continue music lessons?
Dear friend! More than once in your life there will come a moment when you want to drop everything and retreat. Once this happens and with the desire to continue…

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Songs of the Civil War: this is not forgotten ...
Many people know the expression: "When the guns say, the muses are silent." His rightness is relative. So, in the Leningrad blockade, the muses were not silent. On the contrary,…

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