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Here you can learn about the main streams of Russian musical culture.Index of All Articles on Russian Music Folk Music Russian Folk Music Instruments Classical Music in Russia Russian Opera Russian Romance, the Art of Sentimental Art Song Russian Great Singers of the 20th Century Author's Song Pop-Music in Russia Rock Music in Russia Jazz in Russia Punk Rock & Alternative Rock in Russia Country Music in Russia Celtic Music in Russia A Glimpse of Hip-Hop Culture in Russia Russian Sacred Music is certainly the oldest of them.The roots of Russian folk music date as far back as to the middle of the first millennium AC, when Slavic tribes settled in the European part of the present territory of Russia.Those tribes were famous for their love and mastery of music, singing and dancing.From generation to generation folk ensembles and singers try and keep up the authentic Russian music traditions alive.Folk song and dance ensembles present old country repertoire with songs often blending pagan roots and Christian symbolism, songs either sad and drawling or merry, as well as dances - dignified and graceful or rollicking and vigorous, accompanied with traditional musical instruments (balalaikas, whistles, guslis, wooden spoons, bayan, etc.) and colourful costumes.
Nowadays different styles are in fashion yet there is still hope that interest in traditional Russian music will never ever fade.Traditional folk music instruments have come to be used in lots of modern styles and eclectic ways in recent years. Russian national composer school acquired its individual shape rather late, only by the mid 19th century.However, once getting mature Russian music rushes into the world music arena.West European musicians and critics of the 19th century could not but appreciate most peculiar features of Russian music, such as the use of rich and fresh folk music material of Eurasian type, blending 'eastern' and 'western' elements; and absolutely new forms of symphonic development - synthetic rather than analytical, as was the convention with the West European symphony.The appearance of such figures as Skryabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev in the early 20th century put Russian music in the avant-garde of the world music process. Russian opera is on a par with Italian, German and French operas in terms of their worldwide significance.