Nina Shatskaya

We can hardly call lyrical song a “song”. For it never talks about social, war or official topics. Lyrical song is about romance and love, meetings and separations… To perform a lyrical song soulfully can only do people capable of sharing unselfishly a piece of their inner world with audiences.

Valentina Ponomareva “And the last I’ll say”

Origins of Russian Lyrical Songs

Russian lyrical song comes from medieval Spain, where street musicians sang songs about love. Lyrical mood of these songs found a welcome ground in Russia. To this day such lyric songs on poems of Pushkin “Winter Evening”, “Prisoner” and “Nightingale” by Alyabiev, “Evening Bells” by Kozlov, “Bells” by Glinka are very popular.

Almost a Detective Story

Not even every musician knows that the famous song “I was going home” was created by an opera singer of the 19th century Maria Poiret. For a long time it was thought that the author of it is unknown. Yet such a heartfelt and touching song could only be written by a woman.

Pelageya “I was going home”

Golden Era of Lyrical Songs

It is a singer who makes a certain song popular. A real boom of lyrical songs erupted in Russia in the early 20thcentury. Suchcreators and performers as Vertinsky, Plevitskaya and Vyaltseva became famous. It became especially important to be able convey feelings when singing a lyrical song. Trustworthy tone – that’s the main feature of Russian lyrical songs.

Alexander Vertinsky “Where are you now?”

Russian lyrical song is a keeper of intimate secrets, unusual stories, and tender feelings. Suddenly, for a moment, a song becomes for the listener a response to many of his questions, part of his own experiences.

Nina Shatskaya “Don’t go”


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