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Russian culture (writers and composers)

Typical Russian style is "Всё хорошо, но тучи сгущаются"

Writers:

Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Nikolai Leskov, Ivan Goncharov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Ilf and Petrov

There are many modern Russian writers now and literary critics say that a lot of them are talented but I have not read all of the classics yet

Composers:

Pyotr Tchaikovsky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz_f9B4pPtg,

Alexander Borodin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0UTI-z0bHU,

Sergei Rachmaninoff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QB7ugJnHgs,

Dmitri Shostakovich http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX1fiE0U1qA,

Sergei Prokofiev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmq1cpcglQ,

Aram Khachaturian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNqMnfCxxC4,

Georgy Sviridov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm8kpZoX32k

Here are some examples of soviet soundtracks

Isaak Dunayevsky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEWBcmU77b4

Andrey Petrov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdQVQBjziAY

Eugen Doga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mSHQgpeCbQ

January 10, 2016

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/notdeadluna

My favorite Russian novel is probably The Petty Demon by Fyodor Sologub. It's pretty obscure but so, so good. It's about these terrible people in a small town making each other miserable in hilarious ways.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

Мелкий Бес! Yes, that is is good one, especially if you have to deal with jerks a lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

The name actually rings a bell... thanks for the recommendation, I'll look it up.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FlameTea

that is nice, and definitive must read for all who learn rusian, however id like to ask for a sugestion of a book that could be read in russian by a beginer, i mean ive read толстой spanish (wich is my native language) version of war and peace and while it was a great book it was also an incredibly hard one (at least for me), i dont even want to imagine how hard it would be in russian if you dont master it yet, so, any sugestion of a book easy enough to be read in russian?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ythir

'In my opinion Russian composers don't write music having any value since 1991.'

Not arguing the point itself, as it does seem to be somewhat true. But I think no one will mind a couple exceptions. ;p

Vladimir Martynov - Заповеди Блаженства

Georgy Sviridov - Petersburg


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_User

And Victor Zakharchenko! He's written lots of good folk music. :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/be-c0d1f1ed

Nikolai Kapustin is one of the greatest composers still living. He is also performed regularly in concert halls nowadays.

For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mckFb-N70GU


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wisdom_of_words

Another great composer is Sofia Gubaidulina, born in 1931.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmz22

That is how it was at least 100 years ago ;-)


[deactivated user]

    There are lots of modern Russian books, but it's difficult to understand which modern writers will be famous in the future, and which will be forgotten, especially for laypeople like us who are not literary critics.

    One way to discover modern Russian writers is to look for literary prizes. Russian Wikipedia has a list of Russian literary prizes. Unfortunately, it's not a good place to start for beginners, since most of the information (and books too, if they're modern) are not translated into English.

    Another way would be to look at the circulation. According to the 2012 statistics (I doubt it's different in 2015), the most published authors are Darya Dontsova, Yulia Shilova and Aleksandra Marinina. They are constantly criticised as being repeatative, boring, or having little value, but they are still the most popular books around here. I don't know if they can be recommended to anyone, but they do deserve a mention. :)

    One more way to discover new books is to read book reviews. For example, Meduza.io has a column by Galina Yuzefovich (her column can be found by clicking on the search button with a magnifying glass and typing Галина Юзефович). If you like fantasy and science fiction, the magazine «Мир фантастики» has a section with book reviews.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2E3S

    If consider citations as a factor of importance in the modern culture, then the leaders would be Pelevin or Lukyanenko (science fiction/fantasy). In my opinion. It's about the contemporary writers. Also Strugatsky brothers and Efremov from the earlier times, also science fiction.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wisdom_of_words

    B. Akunin (whose real name is Grigori Chkhartishvili) has excellent historical thrillers with his detective Erast Fandorin. There are other series as well, as the one with Sister Pelagia.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

    That is what I read and listen to now)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmz22

    Fair enough, it's a good choice though


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anitramwaju

    At least one important Russian composer is missing in the list : Igor Stravinsky.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

    We're talking about good composers here :-p But Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov are also absent.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

    Обожаю Муссоргского.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_User

    И я тоже!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_User

    And also Ippolitov-Ivanov. Listen to this and then try and claim he wasn't a good composer. :-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

    Ah yes, I forgot that. Though having one or two good compositions is not the same as being a good composer (witness Debussy).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_User

    Debussy wasn't that bad. He just wasn't always that good. And he did have several good pieces.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

    Was Debussy Russian???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_User

    No, he was French. :-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

    Stravinsky lived in imigration most of his life . "The Rite of Spring" was written in Russia though


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2E3S

    However, you can find tons of citations of Russian music in his works, for instance, listen to Петрушка. So Stravinsky is fine if you want to get acquainted with Russian music.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

    Петрушка was written in Russia too


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2E3S

    Ah, yes, then right after moving to America Stravinsky had begun to write jazz and country music.))


    [deactivated user]

      My favorite Russian composer is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. I particularly love Scheherazade.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caversham

      I think Альфре́д Га́рриевич Шни́тке (1934-98) was another important Russian composer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miawera

      Eugen Doga Has never been Russian. He is From Republic of Moldova.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwinKiki

      But he was Soviet ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidCheat1

      I'm learning Russian to try to read some of the Science Fiction/Fantasy writers who are not in translation. Is anyone else here interested in writers like Lukyanenko, Dmitri Emets, or Nik Perumov?

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