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Gusli, qanon and singing: Journalists learn about traditional Russian music
02/07/2017

Gusli, qanon and singing: Journalists learn about traditional Russian music

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The spirit of the final day of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 was not only felt in the stadiums — journalists too celebrated the successful end of the competitions in the city's press center in Moscow to the accompaniment of old musical instruments played by the Russian Gusli Players State Orchestra.

During their performance the musicians played all the musical instruments that existed in Old Rus — the ringing gusli, the keyboard gusli, the pizzicato gusli, the Mari gusli and the Armenian qanon. The unusual sound of these instruments attracted the attention of the press center journalists who began to sing along with the singers, while still others even started dancing.

For a full hour the Russian Gusli players performed folk songs, Russian romances and opera for their audience. Among the music performed were such famous pieces as I Love You, Russia, Our Dear Rus; Hey, Driver, Drive to Yar; The Russian Waltz and many others. To wrap up, the musicians showed the spectators that they know how to play modern music as well.

The final part of the performance aroused stormy applause from the spectators who were overwhelmed with genuine emotion.

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The red star atop the Vodovzvodnaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. Right: Grand Kremlin Palace, the Church of Saint John Climacus and the Ivan the Great Bell Tower
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