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(JSOnline)   "No one has really managed to explain why the music written over the 200-or-so year history of Russian classical music sounds so absolutely Russian." Subby thinks it's because it's from Russia, but then he doesn't review opera for a living   ( jsonline.com) divider line
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2013-02-13 02:29:21 PM  
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Musikslayer hit most of the nails on the head - Mighty Fives, conservatory systems absorbing western classical music, later Mussorgsky influence and rampant nationalism, 20th century oppression (pro-govt and anti-govt, depending on your sense of irony - see Prokofiev and Shostakovich).

And don't forget influence of eastern orthodox liturgical music with male choirs (and awesome basses) singing stuff like "It was winter, the potato crop failed, everybody died, we ran out of vodka, the bells tolled, the storm blew across the steppes, it was minus 100, everybody died again, heard some more bells, then we were oppressed, there was no summer, war war war, another vodka shortage..."

2013-02-13 08:17:11 PM  
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Uh, pretty much any classical music from a country has a distinctively unique "sound", once you've got your classical ears tuned up.  Good scholars can differentiate German from Italian, Czech from Polish, Chinese from Korean, etc.  Even American classical (-style) music has it's own sound.  The only country that doesn't is Canada.  Their classical music just sounds like cheese and apologies.
2013-02-13 02:45:22 PM  
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Saiga410: That sounds pretty upbeat for russian... well outside of running out of vodak twice.

Man is hungry. He steal bread to feed family. Get home, find all family have sent Siberia! "More bread for me," man think. But bread have worm.
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