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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.

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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.

These days enjoy the 'new folk wave' bringing together old traditions, modern technologies and experimental music styles. Ancient chronicles, epics and medieval foreign writers notes bear all evidence that the Slavs were extremely fond of music.

Karamzin points out in History of the Russian State: The Northern Venedi (the old name for Slavs) in the 6th century said to the Greek Emperor that the major delight of their living was music and that on the road they usually took not weapons but citharas or gusli invented by them.

As time passed by lots of new music instruments came to be used by folk musicians.

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.

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