Multimedia Collection

The Mighty Fistful

60 min
ML300.4 .M54 1988

Until the nineteenth century, fashionable Russian audiences looked to Western models in the arts and in music. Then came Romanticism, nationalism and a turn toward native materials - Russian legends and history, Russian folk music. This program takes us from the folk traditions to the founding of the Russian style by Glinka, from the earthiness of the balalaika to the sophistication of Stravinsky's Firebird.

On this videocassette we hear selections of Russian folk music, the overture to Glinka's Russian and Ludmilla, Tcheshnikov's Let Us Give Prayer, the Coronation Scene from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Quartet no.2 in D and Nocturne, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee and A Bride for the Czar, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Swan Lake, Scriabin's Prometheus and Stravinsky's The Firebird. Performers include Osipov's Balalaika Orchestra, the Bolshoi Opera, Vienna State Opera Ballet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Program 13 of James Galway's Music in Time series.

Distributed by Films for the Humanities.

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