Stravinsky and Chanson Russe

February 25, 2018, 12:47 AM · Hello
I have a few questions about Chanson Russe written by Stravinsky for the opera Mavra. Does anyone have the lyrics for this piece in English? If not, do you know what the piece is about? I know that Parasha was sitting embroidering at a window, singing the song which starts oh my dearest... but not much more. Also, do you know whether Stravinsky could play the violin?
I’m doing this for a Violin exam and think that knowing the background will help.


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February 25, 2018, 9:15 PM · Stravinsky had to ask his friend Samuel Dushkin regarding the feasibility of the passport chords of his Violin Concerto in D, so I don't think he did or if he did, wasn't too good. Wikipedia says his main instrument was the piano.
February 25, 2018, 11:23 PM · Shortly:
My friend, i have not seen you for a week.
A week ago the tradegy happened.
Birds are singing putting me in a sad mood.
Birds, do not sing,please

Of cause, all of this in a style of Russian folk song.

February 26, 2018, 1:17 PM · Thank you both. K Ch is that the whole song? It has 6 changes between 3 keys, The five flat section sounds very sad and introspective, but I wondered what the words were for the two flat and one flat sections as their moods sound very different....
February 26, 2018, 1:40 PM · Very much the whole song

"My friend" lasts 11 words

"Do not sing, please" is 17 words

And so on )))))

February 26, 2018, 1:46 PM · Thanks KCh!
February 26, 2018, 2:02 PM · Actually, there if i look to music now:
"My friend" is the first whole page,
"Bird, do not sing, please" is the whole third page.

Then there is one page i missed:
"My passion is growing and my brain gets tired to think about it", and then again

"Bird, do not sing, please".

It is so fanny that so simple message can be putted in so complicated words, and then those words are putted in even more complicated music. One letter can lasts several bars...

February 27, 2018, 12:40 AM · Thanks again :)

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