Russian Romance (Russian Art Song, Lieder) is
one of the greatest achievements in world classical music. Russian
classical romance as an independent genre appeared at the beginning
of the XIX century. The romances were sung with accompaniment
by piano or small instrumental ensemble in palace halls and
country houses. From their beginning Romances were very popular
in Russia. Music and verse for romances were written by amateurs
as well as professional musicians and poets. Some Russian composers
at the beginning of the XIX century such as Alyabiev, Guriliov,
Varlamov have become
famous due to their romances, many of which are masterpieces
such as "Nightingale," by Alyabiev, "The Small
Bell," by Gurilov, and "Snow Flies Along the Street"
by Varlamov. The special CD of the project "Two centuries of Russian Classical Romance"
will be devoted to the vocal works of these composers.
Many romances have been written by such ingenious
Russian composers as Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Balakirev,
The chamber vocal works of these composers were heard not only
in palace halls, but in concert halls as well. Thus, the classical
romance became a major component of the works of Russian composers,
on the same level with symphonies, operas and ballets.
The XX century has brought new development to
the genre of the Russian classical romance. The project "Two
Centuries of Russian Classical Romance" will present vocal
masterpieces of such ingenious XX century Russian composers
as Stravinsky, Prokofiev,
Fans of classical music also can get acquainted with the remarkable
romances of lesser known Russian composers such as Tcherepnin, Shaporin,
The classical romance not only lives on at the
end of the XX century, it occupies a significant place in the
works of such contemporary composers such as Sviridov, Gavrilin,
Gubaydulina, Slonimsky etc. "Two
Centuries of Russian Classical Romance" will also contain
romances by these composers.