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We don't present a feature prepared in the Soviet Union for listeners in the United States under the Soviet American agreement for a cultural exchange. Our program features the northern folk chorus which has its home in Archangel. The first number is a song by the contemporary composer Alex a couple solve about the frozen white sea on which this great northern port stands. Oh and I am
told I am I am the owner of the gold. I am OK. I am I am. I am the way I am I am I am I if I am I in AM I told the I know you are
and I really am I am I OK I am I am. That was the northern folk chorus singing Oh you whites see. This chorus was formed in 1926 by a village schoolteacher Anthony not a collop 11. During the 13 years spent in a country district. Anthony McCulloch 11 became familiar with many
lovely Northern song was sung by simple women in the villages. She decided to form a folk chorus. Anthony McCulloch the LMA was anxious to preserve the native beauty of the northern areas just as she had. Heard them. And so she invited only singers who'd been born and bred in those parts to join the group. At first the chorus was made up of only 13 women from the district where she herself lived. Later members joined from other districts each bringing their own songs and their own particular way of singing them. In this way a big repertory was built up. It includes wedding another ceremonial song was epic leis and also the merry scum are rushing me which only these districts have preserved from ancient times. These scum off to me are mischievous songs that poke fun at human feelings. They derive their name from their wandering actors and musicians. These come on hockey who compose them in old Russia. These used to
stage shows affairs amusing the crowd by lampooning people in the song and action. In the 17th century. These actors musicians were maintained as jesters at the Court of the Moscow czars and even desire as favorites and the priesthood were not exempt from their satire. Consequently the church subjected them to persecution and banished them to the wilds of the north. There they left these satirical songs as part of the folk tradition. Here is one of them. It makes fun of a country lad who tries to shift his work onto the shoulders of his young wife and mother. The name of the song can be paraphrased. It never was. But here it is. Yeah yeah.
I am close. I am a. Low budget I am a I am haha I hit my close. Close. Q I am a load ha. ANTHONY Now coming up the founder of the folklorist is not getting on in years and she's handed the direction of the group to a younger woman. Nina on this call. In her hands the traditions built up by AMS I mean that come up the level
I'm very zealously preserved. All the most characteristic songs of the north are chosen for its program and all the singers are still women as they have been since the plyers foundation. Most of them have low voices and you'll not hear them singing a wedding song called wreaths on the water. The name derives from an old custom. A low pay
load OK. Oh OK. Lol obey the load. Get a BOLO they are low pay a low pay load a load a load a load the baby a load and you see a load a
low paying the gaol opaque a quote. LOL LOL A was a AAA to AA gold a polo sole a lowly a a gold a law a AAA gold a pole a a gold a a gold.
Oh oh oh. The northern folk chorus is very well known and much loved in the Soviet Union. It has toured the whole country giving concerts in all the republics north south east and west. It's also been to France Bulgaria whole of the Czechoslovakia. Many composers have written songs especially for the northern folk ORUs. Sung by these well-known singers. Their
success is assured. Such songs tell of life in work today in the Soviet north and the great natural wealth of that part of the country. Here's one of the songs of the northern the not the northern to the Nile is a large river famed for the pine forests on its banks. Why is it. OK. Oh OK I AM I AM Yeah OK I am I am
I am. I am the only to him I am I in the area in Atlanta I am I if I am I am. Many of the songs sung by the Northern chorus are about local customs and
ceremonies. The next is a very old song called The spinner. During a very long winter of the north the girls used to gather in the evenings to sew or to spin as they worked. One of them would start singing and then they'd all join in. Most of the Northern ears are rather austere. Their song with Mark
restrained you sense a great inner reserve of feeling. This feature of the traditional manner of singing is very smart in girls love songs here for instance as a song whose name is partly it's called Blow with blow. God. Was
good. Lol. A A A. Am I OK. I am a AA or an AA or
an. A A and B A. Today the northern folk are as has its Dan's group an orchestra of national instruments and these have also earned great popularity. Some of the numbers on the program are performed by the whole ensemble. Here for instance is a modern northern dance song play more merrily which is a favorite opening number of concerts. And another modern saw beyond the northern dream
true love is it. Good. God.
LOL over.
Him bringing our program to an end. We invite you to hear northern dance melodies played by the orchestra or National Instruments belonging to the chorus. The conductor is Baras to an off mic. Ill.
The earth. The earth. Meet through.
The thread. A thing. Unless. You're threatening. You've been listening to a program featuring the northern folk chorus of Archangel
and that was a feature prepared of the Soviet Union. For listeners of the United States under the Soviet American agreement for cultural exchange. This is the National Education already on at work.
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U.S.-U.S.S.R. exchange programs
Northern Folk Chorus
Producing Organization
Radio Moskva (Radio station : Moscow)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program focuses on the Northern Folk Chorus, a Soviet choral group.
Series Description
A series of program created within the Soviet Union for listeners in the United States. It is produced as part of a Soviet-American agreement for cultural exchange.
Broadcast Date
Global Affairs
Public Affairs
Media type
Producing Organization: Radio Moskva (Radio station : Moscow)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 64-Sp.17B-4 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:28:59
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