Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1928. Item #1796
10 pp.: musical score. 36x26,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Tears of spine, minor tears of edges, light soiling, signature on front cover, otherwise very good.
One of 500 copies. Cover design by Grigorii Bershadskii (1895-1963) features a nice ornament frame made of the hammer&sickle symbol, a music score line and a wheat ear.
A seventh issue of a series that collected songs and melodies of various ethnic groups lived in the USSR. The rear side of the front cover lists the contents of all issues.
This music score brochure contains three melodies for piano two/four hands: Turkic dance Uzundara adapted by D. Arakchiev, Armenian dance Uzundara adapted by N. Mironov and Georgian dance adapted by D. Arakchiev. Interesting to compare two versions for Uzundara, traditional women’s dance, common in the Caucasus. Initially, it was associated with the wedding ceremony, during which it was performed by the bride, symbolizing her farewell to her parental home. The melody was usually performed with string and wind instruments.
One of the contributors, Dimitry Arakchiev (Arakishvili; 1873-1953) was one of the fathers of Georgian musicology. Before the Soviet period, he published works that laid the foundation for Georgian musical folklore studies: “A Brief Essay on the Development of the Georgian Kartalino-Kakhetian Folk Song” (1905), “Folk Song of Western Georgia (Imereti)” (1908), “Georgian Folk Musical Art” (1916). In 1914, Arakishvili placed 14 arrangements of Georgian folk songs in the Proceedings of the Musical and Ethnographic Commission. In total, he published over 500 samples of Georgian vocal and instrumental folk melodies.
Another contributor is Nikolai Mironov (1870-1952) who influenced the development of professional musical cultures of the peoples of Central Asia. Born in the Samarkand region, he worked in Margilan and Kokand concert troupes organized by him. In 1918, he took part in the organization of the People’s Conservatory in Uzbekistan. In 1926, Mironov made ethnographic expeditions to the Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara regions, Crimea, Eastern Siberia, Caucasus. In total, Mironov recorded over 2,000 folk songs and was engaged in arrangements.
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