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Russian culture (writers and composers)

msgur
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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

In my opinion Russian composers dont write music having any value since 1991

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

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42
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Мелкий Бес! Yes, that is is good one, especially if you have to deal with jerks a lot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
Theron126
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The name actually rings a bell... thanks for the recommendation, I'll look it up.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
msgur
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If you can`t read this

"Князь Егорушка лежал на кровати и своими красными, кроличьими глазами глядел в потолок. В голове его слегка шумело, а в области желудка чувствовалась приятная сытость. Он только что пообедал, выпил бутылку красного и теперь, куря трехкопеечную сигарку, кейфствовал. Самые разнокалиберные чувства и помыслы копошились в его отуманенных мозгах и ноющей душонке." (Чехов, "Цветы запоздалые", http://ilibrary.ru/text/90/p.1/index.html )

read this fairy tale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_the_Emerald_City

http://fantlab.ru/blogarticle19400, http://fantlab.ru/blogarticle19423

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ythinn
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'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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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And Victor Zakharchenko! He's written lots of good folk music. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dmz22
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That is how it was at least 100 years ago ;-)

2 years ago

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    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.

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

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
    msgur
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    That is what I read and listen to now)

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/dmz22
    dmz22
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    Fair enough, it's a good choice though

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Cgrsugar1356

    Interesting! =)

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju
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    At least one important Russian composer is missing in the list : Igor Stravinsky.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
    Theron126
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    We're talking about good composers here :-p But Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov are also absent.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42
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    Обожаю Муссоргского.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
    Theron126
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    Я тоже!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
    A_User
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    И я тоже!

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
    A_User
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    And also Ippolitov-Ivanov. Listen to this and then try and claim he wasn't a good composer. :-)

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
    Theron126
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    Ah yes, I forgot that. Though having one or two good compositions is not the same as being a good composer (witness Debussy).

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
    A_User
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    Debussy wasn't that bad. He just wasn't always that good. And he did have several good pieces.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42
    Alf42
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    Was Debussy Russian???

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
    A_User
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    No, he was French. :-)

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
    msgur
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    Stravinsky lived in imigration most of his life . "The Rite of Spring" was written in Russia though

    2 years ago

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

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
    msgur
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    Петрушка was written in Russia too

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/2E3S
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    Ah, yes, then right after moving to America Stravinsky had begun to write jazz and country music.))

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roswellian_Drama

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

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
    Caversham
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    I think Альфре́д Га́рриевич Шни́тке (1934-98) was another important Russian composer.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/miawera
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    Eugen Doga Has never been Russian. He is From Republic of Moldova.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/TwinKiki
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    But he was Soviet ;)

    1 year ago