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Russian Folk Music That Will Make You Thrill! Part VI – Dark Eyes Очи Чёрные


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AMAZING MUSIC: Late Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings Russian Romance Song Dark Eyes
“Dark Eyes” (Russian: «Очи чёрные», Ochi chyornye; transl. “Black Eyes”) is probably the most famous Russian romance song.
The lyrics were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen Hrebinka. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka’s own Russian translation in Literaturnaya Gazeta on 17 January 1843.

In The Book of World-famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk, published in 2000, the author, J. Fuld, mentions that a Soviet musicologist had reported to him that the song is not “a Russian traditional song but a cabaret song”, published in a songs book by A. Gutheil in 1897 and mentioned, at p. 131, as a “Gypsy romance based on the melody of Florian Hermann’s Valse Hommage. Despite the claim made by Fuld that, “Of the original melody author, Florian Hermann, not a single music score is known,” the sheet music for Hermann’s piece and others of his works can be found. Here is his “Rêverie russe”

The most renowned and played version of this song was written by Adalgiso Ferraris, and published, when still in Russia in 1910, with German editor Otto Kuhl, as “Schwarze Augen” (Black Eyes). Ferraris then published it again in 1931 by Paris Editions Salabert, as “Tes yeux noirs (impression russe)” and with Jacques Liber, on Oct 9th, 1931. Concert “To Russia with Love” in the State Kremlin Palace on September 30, 2007.
Chamber Orchestra of Russia. Artistic director and conductor Constantine Orbelian.
Soloist – Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone).
Production of TV channel “Russia”
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