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Title: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on June 04, 2010, 07:03:22 PM
I don't know if this has been a thread before, if so I'll delete this.
What song do you think of when you see them?

For Alexei I think Wheels by Jamie Cullum and Angel by Sarah Mclachlan
For Alix Immortal by Evanescene
And for Imperial Russia Viva La vida by Coldplay

Anyone else have soomething?

Thanks!
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on June 04, 2010, 07:49:15 PM
There are already some threads devoted to this topic. See for example this thread. (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=4337.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12690.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=7189.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11422.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=3964.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11314.0) this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=5116.0) and this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14085.0).  BTW you can't delete a post once you've posted it, only modify it within 30 minutes.

And for Imperial Russia Viva La vida by Coldplay
LOL; well, always a possibility if tired of God Save the Tsar and the Preobrazhensky March!

I think Malbrough s'en va t'en guerre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEHJLd8QRz8&feature=related) could be a theme song for Alexei, since
- he was so into the military (here is a more martial version: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bi_V9z6H7Y&feature=related)  
- it's patriotic song of his empire's ally, France, based on a hero of his maternal family's homeland, Britain.
- it's theme is sad: death
- it's a children's song
- it's something he could play on his balalaika and perhaps he did, as the song has been well-known (especially in his circles) for centuries, after Marie-Antoinette made it popular. She had heard it from:
- Madame Poitrine, the nurse of the last Dauphin, who sang it for her charge, whose fate of course was similar to Alexei's.

Based on this charmingly romantic incident:The Russian Court Dances on Paatio Island in Vederlax Fjord (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=6587.msg434756#msg434756), I've come to associate Olga with the melancholic frenzy of a Finnish polka! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgrGRcjyzVw&feature=related)
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on June 05, 2010, 02:19:44 PM
There are already some threads devoted to this topic. See for example this thread. (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=4337.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12690.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=7189.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11422.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=3964.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11314.0) this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=5116.0) and this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14085.0).  BTW you can't delete a post once you've posted it, only modify it within 30 minutes.

And for Imperial Russia Viva La vida by Coldplay
LOL; well, always a possibility if tired of God Save the Tsar and the Preobrazhensky March!

I think Malbrough s'en va t'en guerre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEHJLd8QRz8&feature=related) could be a theme song for Alexei, since
- he was so into the military (here is a more martial version: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bi_V9z6H7Y&feature=related)  
- it's patriotic song of his empire's ally, France, based on a hero of his maternal family's homeland, Britain.
- it's theme is sad: death
- it's a children's song
- it's something he could play on his balalaika and perhaps he did, as the song has been well-known (especially in his circles) for centuries, after Marie-Antoinette made it popular. She had heard it from:
- Madame Poitrine, the nurse of the last Dauphin, who sang it for her charge, whose fate of course was similar to Alexei's.

Based on this charmingly romantic incident:The Russian Court Dances on Paatio Island in Vederlax Fjord (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=6587.msg434756#msg434756), I've come to associate Olga with the melancholic frenzy of a Finnish polka! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgrGRcjyzVw&feature=related)

Haha good one! Maybe he did play it on the Balalaika?
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Tasia on June 06, 2010, 10:23:51 AM
Maybe he played, Gorseheart ^^

Malbrough s'en va t'en guerre. Hehe, this music is weird xD

And Olga's music too xDDD

I think that Dave Mathew's Grey blue Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9idlN1mDa1w suits Tatiana, Alexei and Alexandra that had grey blue eyes!!!
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on June 06, 2010, 10:55:54 AM
Hahah funny that i dislike Alix as much as i dislike Evanescence xDDD

I will think about it. I had a few songs in mind with some non so notorious members of the IF. When i remember im gonna post them ;-)
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Katya90 on June 06, 2010, 09:11:55 PM
I won't torture all of you with it again, since I detailed this in length in the "songs about naotmaa" thread, but I connect almost every Tori Amos song to the Romanovs somehow, because I heard "Yes, Anastasia" when I was first learning about them, loved it, and decided to listen to all of her other songs. Since NAOTMAA was still fresh in my mind, lyrics that could be about them just jumped out at me so much. Especially in "Winter," which I view as from Olga's point-of-view about her bond with her father, "Bells For Her" about the impending revolution, "Ribbons Undone" about Anastasia's 'wildness'.... and many others!
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on June 06, 2010, 11:27:37 PM
I won't torture all of you with it again, since I detailed this in length in the "songs about naotmaa" thread, but I connect almost every Tori Amos song to the Romanovs somehow, because I heard "Yes, Anastasia" when I was first learning about them, loved it, and decided to listen to all of her other songs. Since NAOTMAA was still fresh in my mind, lyrics that could be about them just jumped out at me so much. Especially in "Winter," which I view as from Olga's point-of-view about her bond with her father, "Bells For Her" about the impending revolution, "Ribbons Undone" about Anastasia's 'wildness'.... and many others!

You have it together! I will surely look those up, having each character in mind. :)
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on August 23, 2010, 08:15:37 AM
Haha good one! Maybe he did play it on the Balalaika?
Maybe he played, Gorseheart ^^

Malbrough s'en va t'en guerre. Hehe, this music is weird xD
But the tune is quite popular in the English-speaking world. Can you guess under which name? :-P
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on August 23, 2010, 10:51:54 AM
Regarding your Reply # 7 concerning the melody: Though it has indeed been some time, "Fyodor Petrovich," (IMO) I faintly recall that the English words were something on the order of "The Bear Went Over the Mountain."   Regards,   AP.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on August 23, 2010, 04:33:53 PM
Regarding your Reply # 7 concerning the melody: Though it has indeed been some time, "Fyodor Petrovich," (IMO) I faintly recall that the English words were something on the order of "The Bear Went Over the Mountain."   Regards,   AP.

That might be one Anglophone version, but the far most famous version in English is of course "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"! Was "he" perhaps originally the Duke of Marlborough?
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Holly on August 23, 2010, 07:31:04 PM
There is already a thread on this. Multiple ones.

Use the search feature or simply go through the pages of this board.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on August 23, 2010, 07:40:29 PM
There is already a thread on this. Multiple ones.

Use the search feature or simply go through the pages of this board.

And there is already a post on this! :-)

There are already some threads devoted to this topic. See for example this thread. (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=4337.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12690.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=7189.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11422.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=3964.0), this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11314.0) this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=5116.0) and this one (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14085.0). 
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on August 23, 2010, 09:48:24 PM
We know that there's been threads on this, but people continue to comment.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Tasia on August 25, 2010, 07:13:46 PM
That's cool!
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on August 27, 2010, 01:10:44 PM
I just finished to watch "the secret garden" for the 20th time and everytime i hear "Winter Light" i think about the OTMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyCljQzx3_4
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: LauraO on September 04, 2010, 12:57:54 PM
for elisabeth of hesse- as in ernies daughter the song "elisabeth" is perfect,
for alix, i know it sounds cheesy but "reflection" from mulan. and, i know it sounds stupid, but "always a woman to me" by billy joel for alix also, needless to say i'm a bit of an alix fan! it just makes me think of her! and "you and Me" by, i think by lifehouse, always reminds me of nicky and alix, i know it sounds silly but what can i say? also the diana version of candle in the wind, not only for alix but for otma.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on September 05, 2010, 08:26:48 PM
Very nice! I like the song Golden Slumbers by The Beatles for OTMAA or Alix
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: LauraO on September 06, 2010, 01:35:44 PM
i think just for the whole imeprial family at the time- the way we were by Barbara Streisand, so appropraite and true in my feelings towards the last rulers and their kids.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Katya90 on September 06, 2010, 08:47:49 PM
Another one just occured to me... Regina Spektor's "Us" reminds me of Nicky & Alix, especially the lines "They'll name a city after us/and later say it's all our fault/then they'll give us a talking-to/'cause they've got years of experience"
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: amartin71718 on September 11, 2010, 10:05:15 PM
'Mary Goes to Jesus' from the 'Passion of the Christ' soundtrack reminds me so much of Alexandra and Alexei.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Gorseheart on September 11, 2010, 11:15:19 PM
Another one just occured to me... Regina Spektor's "Us" reminds me of Nicky & Alix, especially the lines "They'll name a city after us/and later say it's all our fault/then they'll give us a talking-to/'cause they've got years of experience"
That song's so pretty! And it does remind me of them! I wish someone made a vid about them with it!
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: voyageroffreedom on November 05, 2010, 02:58:30 PM
For the IF: Viva la Vida by Coldplay, Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
For Nicky and Alix: You’re Still the one by Shania Twain
For Alix: Non, je ne regrette rien by Edith Piaf
For Olga N.: I will always love you (I can imagine her signing this song to Pavel Voronov)
For OTMA: Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield, The Mermaid by Yanni
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Galactic_Misfit on December 14, 2010, 12:51:04 PM
My pick for Maria, although it could be for all of OTMA, is "Holy Water" by Big and Rich... especially the first few lines...

Somewhere there's a stolen halo
I used to watch her wear it well
Everything would shine wherever she would go
But looking at her now you'd never tell

Someone ran away with her innocence
A memory she can't get out of her head
I can only imagine what she's feeling
When she's praying
Kneeling at the edge of her bed

And she says take me away
And take me farther
Surround me now
And hold, hold, hold me like holy water
Holy water

She wants someone to call her angel
Someone to put the light back in her eyes
She's looking through the faces
The unfamiliar places
She needs someone to hear her when she crys

And she says take me away
And take me farther
Surround me now
And hold, hold, hold me like holy water
Holy water

She just needs a little help
To wash away the pain she's felt
She wants to feel the healing hands
Of someone who understands

And she says take me away
And take me farther
Surround me now
And hold, hold, hold me
And she says take me away
And take me farther
Surround me now
And hold, hold, hold me like holy water
Holy water

Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Katya90 on January 16, 2011, 08:59:07 PM
Since this song is called "Boy 1904," I couldn't help but think of Alexei as I heard it. It comes across as a calming yet also somewhat haunting elegy.

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsegiQuS9to
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: LauraO on February 16, 2011, 12:03:44 PM
For the IF: Viva la Vida by Coldplay, Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
For Nicky and Alix: You’re Still the one by Shania Twain
For Alix: Non, je ne regrette rien by Edith Piaf
For Olga N.: I will always love you (I can imagine her signing this song to Pavel Voronov)
For OTMA: Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield, The Mermaid by Yanni


all perfect! great choices. i always wonder why viva la vida isn't used more for tribute vids etc, its perfect.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Превед on May 22, 2015, 02:11:50 PM
Seeing OT in white nurses uniforms, nursing soldiers who had fought in East Prussia and OTMAA playing on the Dniepr riverside in the middle of the war which indirectly killed them made me think of this melancholic East Prussian folksong:

YouTube: Zogen einst fünf wilde Schwäne (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwiyqx7MsaQ)

Zogen einst fünf wilde Schwäne,
Schwäne leuchtend weiß und schön.
„Sing, sing, was geschah?“
Keiner ward mehr gesehn.

Wuchsen einst fünf junge Birken
grün und frisch an Bachesrand
„Sing, sing, was geschah!“
Keine in Blüten stand.

Zogen einst fünf junge Burschen
stolz und kühn zum Kampf hinaus.
„Sing, sing, was geschah?“
Keiner kehrt nach Haus.

Wuchsen einst fünf junge Mädchen
schlank und schön am Ostseestrand*.
„Sing, sing, was geschah?“
Keins den Brautkranz wand.

=
Once five wild swans set out,
Swans bright white and beautiful.
"Sing, Sing, what happened?"
None was ever seen anymore.

There once grew five young birches
green and fresh by the riverside
"Sing, Sing, what happened!"
None of them reached their bloom.

Once five young boys set out
proud and eager to fight.
"Sing, Sing, what happened?"
None returned to his home.

There once grew up five young girls
slim and fair on the Baltic's shore.
"Sing, Sing, what happened?"
None did bind her bridal wreath.

The original version has Ostseestrand, Baltic shore, but some, like the one on Youtube, has Memelstrand, the shore of the river Memel / Nyeman, a river coming from Belarus and flowing close to the old Prussian-Russian border before it empties into the Batlic.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on May 22, 2015, 05:07:57 PM
A sad song, but somewhat fitting considering what happened.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Rodney_G. on May 22, 2015, 05:22:56 PM
Nice, Preved.

For me, the parental love of Nicholas and Alexandra for OTMAA (and the latter's innocence as well) is nicely caught in "For Baby(For Bobbie)" by John Denver (also Peter, Paul, and Mary).
YouTube:For Baby-John Denver    I can picture Nicholas thinking these thoughts, if not singing the words, to little Maria, for example.

I'll walk in the rain by your side
I'll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand
I'll do anything to help you understand
I'll love you more than anybody can

And the wind will whisper your name to me
Little birds will sing along in time
The leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime

I'll be there when you're feeling down
To kiss away the tears if you cry
I'll share with you all the happiness I've found
A reflection of the love in your eyes

And I'll sing you the songs of the rainbow
Whisper all the joy that is mine
The leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime

and refrain

Definitely sentimental ,but also very apt , for the familial love of the IF, and in this case, father to daughters and son.





Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Romafan96 on May 27, 2015, 05:17:22 PM
My Pick for Nicholas would be "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay.

For OTMA, the chorus from "Free" by Michael Jackson reminds me of their longing for a life outside the palace and true freedom. Lyrics are below:

Free, free like the wind blow
To fly away just like a sparrow
To feel letting my hair blow
To take my time wherever I go

Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Превед on May 28, 2015, 05:30:41 PM
It's ironic that the popular polonaise / polonez written for the movie "Pan Tadeusz", the adaption of Poland's national epic lamenting the collapse of the noble Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, destroyed by Tsarist Russia, also can sound like an elegy for the Romanovs. It was the most popular prom song in Poland after the movie debuted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq-VmzcJa3Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq-VmzcJa3Y)
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Grand Duchess Ayla on June 02, 2015, 03:13:25 PM
NICHOLAS:
Sentimental Waltz -- Tchaikovsky

ALEXANDRA:
She -- Charles Aznavour

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA:
The Very Though of You -- Nat King Cole
One Day -- Melody Gardot
You're the One -- Frank Sinatra
A Thousand Years -- Christina Perry
Liebesleid -- Fritz Kreisler

OTMAA:
Beyond the Laughing Sky  -- a song that would be used in Alice in Wonderland (Disney).

OTMA:
This One's For The Girls -- Martina McBride
Just The Way You Are -- Bruno Mars

ALEXEI:
I Dream of You -- JJ Heller (I see N&A singing it to Alexei)

NAOTMAA (the whole family):
Viva la Vida -- Coldplay
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on September 20, 2018, 05:18:31 PM
Great choices all.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: Ayla C. on November 08, 2018, 06:47:08 PM
Love Letters by Nat King Cole - for Nicky and Alix
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on November 10, 2018, 11:23:56 AM
Nice choice.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: tenorsfan on November 11, 2018, 06:01:44 AM
Well for me this song was instant for Tatiana the first time I heard it. Haunted by the Guess Who.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttkFTnvnkqQ

Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on November 15, 2018, 05:33:23 PM
Yeah, that song is haunting.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: tenorsfan on May 27, 2019, 03:00:44 AM
I came across this beautiful Song of India by Dimitrij Smirnov. The thing is it was recorded in 1911 and one can't help wondering if Tatiana herself got to listen to and be moved by it just like we can now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BLjAdBKmyU

Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on May 30, 2019, 05:21:04 PM
I agree with that.

Tatiana would be moved by this song.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 11, 2019, 07:37:17 AM
Nicholas and Alexandra "Love will Keep us together" by Captain and Tenille
The IF in Captivity "Help!" by the Beatles
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on June 11, 2019, 05:08:04 PM
Nicholas and Alexandra "Love will Keep us together" by Captain and Tenille
The IF in Captivity "Help!" by the Beatles

Another excellent choice for a song.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 19, 2019, 09:44:30 AM
:)
more
Nicholas II there is a country and western song with a line "...if it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all..."

Olga N who had lots of crushes on men "Help Me!" (I think I'm falling in love again..) by Joni Mitchell

Anastasia N, what  else "Girls Just want to Have fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on June 20, 2019, 05:21:24 PM
Quote
Anastasia N, what  else "Girls Just want to Have fun" by Cyndi Lauper

This one is perfect for the Imp.
Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: tenorsfan on June 24, 2019, 09:42:51 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMatNLjk-FA

Title: Re: IF Theme songs?
Post by: TimM on June 26, 2019, 05:22:03 PM
Another excellent selection!