Russia, the former USSR had a strong culture of classical music. In fact, Russia is known for continuous improvisations in classical music. Initial renowned classical composer was Mikhail Glinka who mixed classical compositions with best elements of folk and religious music and songs. He has also given pioneering operas the likes of which include, A Life for the Tsar, Ruslan and Lyudmila.
Different forms of Russian folk songs belong to Adygea, Altay, Sakha, Tatarstan, Bashkir, Buryatia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Tuva and Karelia origin. Famous singers and bands are; Elena Frolova, Megapolis, Nomads Land to name a few.
Famous Russian composres of historical significance are Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke. Tchaikovsky gained huge popularity outside Russia and credited to give all time great ballets compositions like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Once erstwhile USSR got disintegrated, Russia’s rock scenario declined because of several economic, political and mental reasons. Yet they have many popular bands like t.A.T.u, Mumiy Troll, Pilot, Zemfira, Splean and Mashina Vremeni, Akvarium, DDT, Alisa, Picnick among others. Russia also has strong culture of heavy metal, alternative genres, Ska punk, electronic and even folk rock bands. Electrosoul System, Fizzarum, PPK, SCSI-9, DJ Groove, Solar X and Elochnyie Igrushki are the most admired electronica performers.
Directory of Russian Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Russian songs, new releases, free Russian mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Russian music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s.
http://www.ibiblio.org/sergei/Music/Music.html – Offers a collection of Russian songs and Music resources.
richwalt.com/%7eglinka/ – Glinka Russian Folk Ensemble. If Russian dance costumes are of interest to you, then the many pictures will be helpful. You can listen to some Russian music after downloading Quick Time Music Software.
academic.udayton.edu/music/ – Learn about Russian Folk songs & music.
http://www.russianbeat.com/ – Offers selections of Russian songs, Music Cds, and European music and video products.
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