Russian love songs

Russian love songs

Lyrical songs of the Russian people force you to think. They are plangent, with their own special style of narration. Their poetic language often hides deep feelings, mourning and suffering. Not knowing about the special symbolism of these songs, it is sometimes difficult to grasp and understand their meaning.

Feelings of love

Most Russian love songs, as well as love songs from around the world, are about tragic love. Their mood and drama are connected to complex conflicts in life, unrequited love, and complicated family relationships. The narrative usually goes from a young girl or a boy. Portrait of a loved one or emotions are conveyed using comparisons and exaggerations. Almost always some characters in these songs are the some natural phenomena. Often characters appeal to natural phenomena (wind, river) or plants. The songs convey human emotions:

Ensemble “Zabaikalye” and Pelageya. Three songs about love

History and characteristics of Russian love songs

First lyrical songs have appeared in Russia in the 16thcentury. They are significantly younger than epic and ritual songs. Simultaneously with the emergence of love songs emerged the so-called folk polyphony. And in that singing there were emphasized one or more solo voices. This type of Russian songs is called background polyphony. A feature of love songs is a wide syllabic chant, when the syllables of some words stretch melodiously. Ethnographers had a really difficult time recording aurally Russian love songs, because folk polyphony is so complex. Only with the invention of a phonograph, and then a tape recorder, it became possible to “decode” Russian background polyphony.

Ensemble “Narodnii prazdnik.” Oak forest rustled

Lyrical songs quickly became separated from ritual songs, part of which at one time were almost all types of Russian folk songs. Love songs are party songs that were performed more frequently during gatherings of young people in the evenings in villages or during intimate conversations. Because love songs were handed down orally, and each artist sang them differently, with his own emotions and feelings, it is impossible to trace down the origins of each individual song.

Oleg Pogudin and Eugene Dyatlov. Secular lime tree

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