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ANDREEV Vasily

( virtuoso balalaika)

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Biography ANDREEV Vasily
Born in 1862 in Mr.. Bezhetsk, Tver province. In 1881 he engaged in the improvement of the Great People of musical instruments and established in St. Petersburg from amateurs playing on them so-called Great Orchestra of Strings (domras four different sizes, . balalaika six dimensions, . harp), . brass (keychain or hornpipe - born reed, . shepherd's horn), . percussion (covered - Timpani genus of large clay pots with skin stretched over them, . tambourine),
. Most of these instruments (domra, . balalaika, . covered), . as shown by their names already, . not Great, . and eastern, . Asian (Turkish-Tatar) origin, . moreover, is not particularly old (eg, . balalaika does not rise further XVIII beginning or end of XVII century),
. After the concerts the orchestra, which has a peculiar, but soon tired of the monotonous and color, in 1888, in Russian society has developed a broad fascination mentioned instruments (especially the balalaika) due to the relative ease of play on them. Appeared to them a huge demand, in connection with which the increased production of the masters of their musical instruments, supported by the introduction of learning to play them in the army. School and began issuing notes (mainly arrangements of folk songs, usually very low musical dignity, rare original compositions, such as waltzes and t. n. salon works, just no longer "Great" poshiba). Possessing virtuoso technique of playing balalaika, A. acted as a composer for his instrument and for the Great Orchestra. From time to time he performs with his orchestra concert trip to Russia and Europe (where he had recently a huge success), and also manages the formulation of learning to play "the Great" tools in the Army Guard.


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