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Russian fairy tale "The little humpbacked horse"

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Russian Fairy Tale "The little humpbacked horse" by Pyotr Yershov. Art by V.A. Milashevsky

Past the woods and mountains steep,
Past the rolling waters deep,
You will find a hamlet pleasant
Where once dwelt an aged peasant.
Of his sons-and he had three,
Th'eldest sharp was as could be;
Second was nor dull nor bright,
But the third-a fool all right.
Now, these brothers planted wheat,
Brought it to the royal seat,
By which token you may know
That they hadn't far to go.

There they sold their golden grain
Counted carefully their gain
And, with well-filled money bags,
Home again would turn their nags.
But, upon an evil day,
Dire misfortune came their way-
Someone, 'twixt the dark and dawn,
Took to trampling down their corn;
Never had such grief before
Come to visit at their door;
Day and night they sat and thought
How the villain could be caught,
Till at last it dawned upon them
That the way to solve the problem
And to save their crops from harm
Was, each night to guard their farm.

Translated from the Russian by Louis Zellikoff
     За горами, за лесами,
     За широкими морями,
     Не на небе-  на земле
     Жил старик в одном селе.
     У старинушки три сына:
     Старший умный был детина,
     Средний сын и так и сяк,
     Младший вовсе был дурак.
     Братья сеяли пшеницу,
     Да возили в град-столицу:
     Знать, столица та была
     Недалече от села.
     Там пшеницу продавали,
     Деньги счетом принимали
     И с набитою сумой
     Возвращалися домой.

     В долгом времени аль вскоре
     Приключилося им горе:
     Кто-то в поле стал ходить
     И пшеницу шевелить.
     Мужички такой печали
     Отродяся не видали;
     Стали думать да гадать -
     Как бы вора соглядать;
     Наконец себе смекнули,
     Чтоб стоять на карауле,
     Хлеб ночами поберечь,
     Злого вора подстеречь.

Russian Fairy Tale "The little humpbacked horse" by Pyotr Yershov. "Barynya Storytellers" with program of Russian FolkTales and Fairy Tales with accompaniment of Traditional Russian musical instruments such as balalaika, balalaika bass, gusli and garmoshka
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Three performers proved to be the best readers of Russian folk tales: actor, singer and bayan player Vitali Baganov, balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski and Russian folk singer and garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov.

Vitali Baganov (filmography)

Vitali Baganov Rockaway (2007)-Sergei
"CSI: NY" - Dr. Bogdhan Ivanov (1 episode, 2004)
CSI: NY. "Blink" (2004) TV Episode - Dr. Bogdhan Ivanov
Pieces of April (2003) - Half Asleep Man
"The Sopranos" - Valery (2 episodes, 2001)
"The Sopranos" Pine Barrens (2001) TV Episode - Valery
To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) TV Episode - Valery
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Bartender (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
Russian Love Poem (2000) TV Episode .... Bartender
Troika (1998) .... Vitali
Shchenok (1988)
Na ostriye mecha (1986)
Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Krovavaya nadpis (1979) (TV) (as V. Baganov)
... aka The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Bloody Signature (International: English title: literal title)
Inzhener Graftio (1979)
... aka Engineer Graftio

Alex Siniavski

Alex Siniavski Balalaika and Gypsy guitar virtuoso from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Alexey Vladimirovich Siniavski is one of most popular balalaika players in the world. Alex (Alyosha) is a genuine balalaika YouTube sensation. He has had over 162 thousand (and counting) views on YouTube, placing him in the top 5 most-viewed balalaika videos of ALL TIME and the top 10 most-subscribed Russian folk musicians of all time. Mr. Siniavski is the musicial director of Barynya - the biggest Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Russia. His own compact disk Barynya Russian folk songs was well recieved by Europian and American Russian folk music fans and professional musicians community. Tune "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu" from repertoire of Alex Siniavski have been selected for compact disk "Compilation of Russian Classic Folklore" released in Israel.

In March 2005 Alex Siniavski released BALALAIKA TUTORIAL ON DVD, the easy way to learn all balalaika techniques. 12 free video lessons are available to download from the website: scales, basic chords, Left Hand Position, learning a folk song, strumming, Thumb Pizzicato, Pizzicato Vibrato, Double Pizzicato, Single Pizzicato, Tremolo and Rolls Acclaimed balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavsky arrived in the United States of America in 1992 from St. Petersburg, Russia. As a soloist and director of Barynya he performs around the world, composes and arranges all music material for the concerts, compact disks and video of the ensemble.

Alex plays museum-quality balalaika, a three-stringed Russian instrument whose mandolin-like sound is perhaps best known in this country from the Dr. Zhivago soundtrack.

Alex was a leading member (balalaika prima) of The Andreev State symphonic balalaika orchestra, one of the most prestigious in former USSR. Alex graduated with honors from the Leningrad State Musical Conservatory. He have toured throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and America, appeared on the television and radio in Russia, America and Africa.

Mikhail Smirnov

Mikhail Victorovich Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail (Ru: Михаил Смирнов) is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian, owner of Barynya Entertainment - the biggest Russian talent booking agency outside of Russia.

Mikhail Smirnov, photo from website Mikhail recieved his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina.

While studying in Moscow, Mikhail followed his passion for Russian folk culture by traveling to many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and Don River to collect Russian folklore at its sourse. He was surprised to find out that folk dances, songs, melodies, lyrics, and tunes change from village to village, even if those as close as a couple of miles apart.

In these folklore expeditions, Misha recorded over 100 hours of Russian folk music and dances, performances on folk instruments. Later he has incorporated much of this original material into repertoire of his ensemble "Barynya" - the biggest (and many believe the best) Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Mother Russia.

Mikhail is adept on a variety of Russian folk instruments including balalaika-contrabass, balalaika, and gusli. However, his favorite instrument remains the garmoshka, the small Russian folk button accordion used in Russian folk music and dancing.

Mikhail Smirnov with producer and judges of the show Superstars of Dance, NBC, 2009

In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. Of course, he can was not able to be judging Team of Russia... The show premiered on NBC network on January 4th and aired through January 26th, 2009.

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