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Russian folk songs : musical genres and history
Prokhorov, Vadim, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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ML3680 .P79 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Provides a basis for understanding the ethnomusicological principles of Russian folk song. In addition to his discussion of the various categories, Prokhorov 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.

Author Notes

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 an associate editor. He is also an editor for Musica Russica, Inc.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

Prokhorov's attractive and valuable book provides a collection of songs for study and performance along with interesting accompanying text. Organized by genres defined by cultural function, the book includes individual chapters on calendric, lyric, and work songs, on epics, historical songs, and urban folklore. The author illustrates each genre with a number of songs (including about 75 songs in all), for which he gives standard notation (usually in an arrangement with piano accompaniment or for chorus) and the words (all stanzas) in Russian (in Roman transliteration) and in English translation (in verse and underlaid so as to be singable). Cultural, political, and historical background of the songs and the genres, along with comments relating them to the traditions of Russian literature and classical music, helps to make this a thoroughly usable book. Though it does not quality as a significant work of scholarship--since it depends a bit too much on early collections and older research and lacks sufficient documentation--it will be useful to students and scholars, particularly undergraduates in courses on folk music, folklore, and Eastern European studies, and to laypersons. Recommended for all types of libraries. B. Nettl University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Calendar Songsp. 17
2 Lyric Songsp. 47
3 Work Songsp. 103
4 Bylinas (Epic Songs)p. 111
5 Historical Songsp. 117
6 Urban Songsp. 123
Glossary of Russian Wordsp. 151
Selected Bibliographyp. 153
Subject and Name Indexp. 155
Song Indexp. 157
About the Authorp. 159