Traditional Russian music is rooted in pre-Christian period. Moreover, in the countryside Russian folk music remains almost intact.
It may come as quite a surprise, but most Russian “folk” melodies were actually composed by certain authors. However, when their songs rose to popularity, they acquired the status of folk heritage and became signature Russian songs.
Besides, Russian folk music comprises a variety of unique melodies, composed by numerous peoples living in Russia. Furthermore, many Russian bands and singers have won the first prize in international folk music contests.