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salim ahmed3 years ago
The story of this song is tragic: In Siberia in 1852 they found a dead body of coachman who got frozen during a long road. There was a notebook with handwriting poems in his bag. Name of the author of the poems Иван Макаров (Ivan Makarov) was not known during his life time.
After a year since they were published the poems composer Александр Львович Гурилев (Alexander Gurilev) (1803 – 1858) wrote music for a poem what he liked the most. That was a start for the famous Russian romance “The Lonely Coach-Bell”. In three years another Russian composer К. Сидорович (K. Sidorovich) wrote his version of music for the poem and this romance has got a long life and all people love!
lederhudler2 years ago
This is one of - if not the most beautiful of all Russian "folk" ballads. It usually goes by the English title, "Monotonously rings the little bell", or something similar. Monotonously is a good translation - the Russian word literally means "with once voice". This song is often performed/published in combination with other popular and well-known folk or folkloric style Russian songs. It's one of my favorites. It has all the elements of the melancholic Russian disposition - a (village church) bell ringing in the distance, a person leaving their home perhaps never to return, a coachman singing this monotonous melancholic dirge, fleeting memories of youthful joy, etc. I sang it once (po russkiy, konyechnah) for a folk dance assembly - and sort of know the words, but not everything without a cheat sheet.
Another one - also about a bell, also beautiful, and also very sad - is "Vyecherniy Zvon" (The Evening Bell). There are a couple of tunes for the latter - but one is more commonly heard than the other - and the more common tune is another of my personal favorite.
And while we're at it, check out "Stenka Razin" (Stenka Razin, the Volga boat commander) and "Denadtsat' Razbojnikov" (the legend of the twelve robbers) - a couple of other really excellent Russian ballads.
I have found the following names for this beautiful song :"The lonely bell", "Monotonously rings the little bell", and, in German: "Eintönig klingt hell das Glöckchen". The lyric
"Monotonously the little bell is sounding,
"There is so much longing in this song,
And I suddenly remember the nights that long have been passed.
"Monotonously the little bell is sounding,
Variant 2 (from the post by salim ahmed)
Однозвучно гремит колокольчик,
Two outstanding, absolutely stunning performances:
Rudenko, Bella Andreevna Born Aug. 18, 1933, in Bokovo-Antratsit, now the city of Antratsit, Voroshilovgrad Oblast. Soviet Ukrainian lyric coloratura soprano. People’s Artist of the USSR (1960).
In 1956, Rudenko graduated from the Odessa Conservatory. She debuted at the Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet in 1955. She became a soloist at the Ukrainian Theater of Opera and Ballet in Kiev in 1956 and a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater in 1973. Rudenko has a well trained voice and is dramatically gifted. Her roles have included Iolan in Maiboroda’s Milana, Natasha Rostova in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Liudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Liudmila, Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Rudenko also gives concerts and tours outside the USSR.
Rudenko received the State Prize of the USSR in 1971 and the Third Prize at the International Vocal Competition Festival in Toulouse in 1957. She has been awarded the Order of Lenin.
See also her brilliant interpretation of a Ukrainian song:
The soloist is Vladimir Albatayev. He was born and spent his childhood and youth in Buryatia. Since his early days he enjoyed music greatly and felt it to be his vocation to become a professional singer. After school and two-year army service Ihefirst studied in Tchaikovsky music college in Ulan Ude and then in Moscow in the Gnesins Academy.
In 1994 he participated in the contest of chamber vocalists in Kaliningrad "Amber Nightingale" and became its prize-winner. In January 2002 he was awarded the title Honoured Artist of Russia and in December 2003 got the title Honoured Artist of Buryat Republic. Since 1992 he have been singing as a soloist with The Capella Moscow Kremlin, but also collaborated with different ensembles. He was on tour in the USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Nowadays he sing with the ZLATOUST ensemble.
Also of note:
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик. Хор под управлением А.В.Свешникова. - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик (feat. русская народная... - YouTube
- The Little Bells (Russian Folk Song) - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик - La Cloche Monotone - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик Дмитрий Хворостовский - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик Хор - YouTube
- Moscow Chamber Choir Однозвучно гремит колокольчик - YouTube
- Monotonously Rings the Bell, oktavists A. Ort & V. Miller. Soloist Alexander Detinkin. - YouTube
- Однозвучно гремит колокольчик - Хор Валаам (2.7.2012) - YouTube
- Русская народная песня ОДНОЗВУЧНО ГРЕМИТ КОЛОКОЛЬЧИК исп К Плужников - YouTube
- Nicolai Gedda Odnozvučno gremit kolokolčik (little bells) - YouTube
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