Voices from Russia

Friday, 28 November 2008

Romanian Christmas Carol to St Andrew

Filed under: Christian,cultural,music,performing arts,religious — 01varvara @ 00.00

There is an extensive literature of spiritual music throughout the Orhtodox world known as “spiritual verses”. They are usually not in the liturgical languages, but, in the various peasant dialects. The so-called “kolyadki” are part of this tradition, and, indeed, are unintelligible outside of it. The actual situation is more varied and diverse than some nationalists would have you believe. This musical genre exists from Kotlas in the north to Rhodes in the south, from Vladivstok in the east to Užgorod in the west. It comes from all our peoples, not just one.

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