The story of the song "God Bless America" ​​("Lord, bless America") - the unofficial anthem of the United States

This man in America became who Isaac Dunaevsky was in the USSR. The celebration of Irwin Berlin on the day of his 100th birthday marked a big concert at Carnegie Hall, which was attended by Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Frank Sinatra and other celebrities. In his creative baggage - music to 19 Broadway musicals, 18 films, in total, about 1000 songs are written.

Songs of the civil war: this is not forgotten ...

Many people know the expression: "When guns speak, the muses are silent." His rightness is relative. So, in the Leningrad blockade, the muses were not silent. On the contrary, the poems of Olga Bergholz and Nikolai Tikhonov helped people survive, gave faith in victory. And yet, quite often, those poems and songs that are born directly in the thick of things are doomed to failure — too much hasty and emotional in them.

Victory Songs: Grateful Memory

What is behind this brief and at the same time unusually capacious phrase - "Victory Songs"? Very, very much: four years of incredible tension of physical and mental forces, lying in the ruins of the city, millions of dead, prisoners and trapped in enemy captivity. However, it was the song that really raised the morale and helped not only to survive, but to live.

Songs about the USSR: while we remember - we live!

Two significant Russian poets - Boris Chichibabin and Yevgeny Yevtushenko - independently of each other, but driven by a feeling of deep suffering, wrote bitter lines. The first is “We were born in that Fatherland, which is no more,” the second is “We were born in a country that is no more.” Amazing "single-stranded" shower.

Songs of the October Revolution

No matter what belated curses were sent to Lenin and the Bolsheviks, no matter how rampant demonic, satanic forces were announced by some pseudo-historians, the October revolution, but still the book of the American journalist John Reed was called “Ten Days That Shook the World”.

Songs of Russian emigration, or, Russian song in exile

Already in 1919, the exodus of Russians from Russia began. The country has left several million people. Istanbul, Prague, Berlin, Paris and even Harbin were the centers of Russian scattering around the world. The first wave of emigration turned out to be extremely rich in talents. No wonder - in fact, in fact, almost the entire "silver age" emigrated.

Songs of political prisoners: from Varshavyanka to Kolyma

Revolutionaries, "prisoners of conscience", dissidents, "enemies of the people" - as soon as they did not call political prisoners over the past several centuries. But is it really in the name? After all, a thinking, thinking person will almost inevitably be disliked by any authority, any regime. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn rightly noted, "the authorities are not afraid of who is against her, but who is superior to her."

Songs of World War II: from the history of five famous songs

The songs of the Great Patriotic War are a very special layer in our song culture. The works were born in the pauses between battles, on a halt, in the lines of letters to relatives, as an operational response to a rapidly changing situation at the front. And only those verses passed the test of time that rose above the evil of the day and found a universal sound.