The project “XX Century Hits” is an opportunity to share the art of choral arrangement with the younger generation of choirmasters, whose curricula always include a corresponding course, and to enrich the repertoire of the Russian and Western choirs with arrangements of well-known Soviet and post-Soviet melodies that will undoubtedly grace their concert programs.
This collection includes free arrangements of popular Russian songs of the last century for mixed choir a cappella by Yakov Dubravin. What they have in common is exquisite and correct lines of the each voice enriched by the perfect vertical (chord) music texture. Harmony, on the one hand, is simple and easily comprehended, which is a tribute to tradition, and on the other hand, almost every arrangement contains sometimes unpredictable, like jazz, pop harmonies, which enrich the original versions of the songs and add spice to the performance.
Placed in the edition QR-code allows you to listen to all the published works performed by the Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”, whose brilliant interpretation is marked by an extremely careful attitude to the author’s instructions. Choirs wishing to perform choral arrangements by Ya. Dubravin, included in this collection, are recommended to be guided by this recording.
A. PETROV. Again the Kindness Comes. Verses by T. KALININA. From the movie “White Bim Black Ear” (Music text example)
V. GAVRILIN. City Asleep. Verses by A. SHULGINA
V. GEVIKSMAN. Birch Dreams. Verses by G. FERE. From movie cycle “The Unknown War”
G. PONOMARENKO. Golden Grove Fell Silent. Verses by S. YESENIN
G. PONOMARENKO. Orenburgian Fluffy Kerchief. Verses by V. BOKOV (Music text example)
I. MATVIYENKO. Stallion. Verses by A. SHAGANOV
I. MATVIYENKO. Birches. Verses by M. ANDREYEV
M. TARIVERDIYEV. I Like It That You’re Burning Not For Me. Verses by M. TSVETAYEVA. From the movie “The Irony of Fate”
D. TUKHMANOV. How Splendid Is This World. Verses by V. KHARITONOV
N. BOGOSLOVSKY. Three Years In My Dreams. Verses by A. FATYANOV. From the movie “Big Life” (Music text example)
A. ZATSEPIN. The One Short Instant. Verses by L. DERBENYOV. From the movie “Sannykov’s Earth”