I like listening to musicians in the Moscow metro after work. This time it was two guys playing the balalaika and guitar.

Forgiveness Sunday

Boris Kustodiev - Maslenitsa. Oil on canvas, 1920.
Boris Kustodiev – Maslenitsa (1920). Oil on canvas.

Today is the last day of Maslenitsa – the Forgiveness Sunday. The Great Fast starts tomorrow.

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Theodor Bastard

Some of my favourite songs by the Theodor Bastard band. Continue reading “Theodor Bastard”


Viktor Vasnetsov - Guslyary (Gusli musicians), 1899.
Viktor Vasnetsov – Guslyary (Gusli musicians), 1899.


is one of the oldest musical instruments that have played an important role in the Russian music culture. The Greek historians Theophylact Simocatta and Theophan were the first to mention the gusli. During the war at the end of the 6th century, the Greeks took Slavonic prisoners and found a musical instrument named the Gusli. This corresponds to what the Arabic authors Al-Masudi and Ibn-Dasta mentioned in the 10th century.

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Lev Termen Plays the Termenvox

Lev Termen plays termenvox
Lev Termen plays termenvox

Russian inventor Lev Termen (Léon Theremin) of French/German descent who in 1920 created termenvox (aka theremin) among other things, plays the instrument:

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