Russian Balalaika is a traditional Russian stringed musical instrument. Most likely balalaika was invented at least a thousand years ago, but even today what Alexey Arkhipovsky does with it – is simply amazing.
Today, balalaika is the most famous Russian musical instrument.
Originally balalaika was mostly present at princely courts. Balalaika playing jesters were one of the main attractions of the Russian princes.
Eventually balalaika was hounded; it was considereda harmful tool for people’s consciousness. Balalaikas were taken away and burned.
The ruling classes abandoned balalaika, but balalaika retained its devoted admirers among the common people. Indeed, learning to play a three-stringed triangular instrument and even to make your own balalaika was pretty easy. And the sounds it made were pleasant and joyful.
Balalaika was popular among peasants, jesters, and rural youth. So, gradually it regained its popularity.
Emergence of Guitar
About two centuries ago in Russia a seven-string guitar emerged, which almost displaced balalaika from urban homes. Balalaika retained its position is rural areas, but after mass migrations of people to cities balalaika began to disappear.
Devotees of Russian Folk Music
Perhaps, the fate of balalaika would have been sad, if not for a number of folk music fans, who are carefully preserving Russian folk music traditions.
Probably, Alexei can be considered one of the best balalaika players in modern Russia.
Combining traditional tunes with new ones create bubbly and energetic mixes. We recommend you listen to it at least once yourself.
The Barrel Organ
Balalaika has first been popular with princes, and then – with common people. Today balalaika is loved and respected by Balalaika musicians who carefully preserve Russian traditions and with the use of balalaika open new creative horizons.
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