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Title: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria Vanya on May 30, 2004, 05:40:18 PM
I was just wondering, what music they had back then and what did the Romanovs listen to? I know that Alexei and Anastasia played the balalaika, but what songs did they play? Did any members have records of music? ???
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria Vanya on May 30, 2004, 08:07:47 PM
In a book I read it said that the tsars favorite song was "Kalinka,"you can find the English & Russian lyrics for the song if you would like to see, here>http://www.funet.fi/pub/culture/russian/lyrics/classics/kalinka.html  If anyone finds out anytihng about their music please post it on here. Thanks :)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on May 30, 2004, 10:37:35 PM
The Tsarina, Alexandra was a brillian pianist, practically a virtuoso. If I recall correctly, her favorite composer was Beethoven, and that during her youth she was asked by her grandmother, Queen Victoria to perform - much to Alix's dislike. She also played the banjo and perhaps even the ukulele. In later life, she & Anna Vyrobova played duets together on the piano, and would sing some sort of cabaret or songs from the theatre which the Tsar did not approve of - or maybe just did not like the sound of - someone can step in & clarify me on this at any time now.
The family all loved liturgical music sung in the Russian Orthodox Chuch, and of course Russian folk songs. I recall that Princess Yousopova arranged for a choir of 1000 singers to perfom at her estate for the Imperial family one evening out in the couryard. Another tidbit is about Tsar ALexander III, who loved military bands & once played God Save the Tsar on every instrument in one of the brass bands that accompanied the family.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria Vanya on May 30, 2004, 10:42:56 PM
Thank you for the infromation. I would never have thought of Alexandra playing music that no one else liked, or the banjo! It was very informative. Thank you again.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on May 30, 2004, 11:07:23 PM
You are very welcome, Maria.
Just something else i recall... a video documentary depicted the Tsarina sitting at fireside, listening to a gypsy trio or quartet perform for her in her private apartments near the end of the reign. Gypsy music was very popular back then, especially before WWI, when both ALix & Ella were taken as newlyweds by their husbands by troika into the countryside to see the gypsies perform. That's all for now. How one would love to be able to step back to that time & be with them to experience all of that life & colour!

Masha
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on May 30, 2004, 11:10:58 PM
Oh, & one more thing, I recall reading somewhere that the Imperial family were exposed to jazz music & other music from america via recordings played on the gramaphone. Don't know if they really liked it much, though.

Masha
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria Vanya on May 30, 2004, 11:17:04 PM
Did the gypsy's play instruments not well known today or the intruments of what we have discussed? Yes, I would have done anything to go back and watch their lives from a distance, but we are only left with the memories givin to us by authors and historians, & if you or anyone else have any more information on the music from back then, then feel  free to tell me, thank you all.  :)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on May 30, 2004, 11:30:05 PM
RE: Gypsy instruments, I do know that violins, guitars, zithers or zymbale, tamborines, accordian or some sort of squeeze box & bass were played. I'm sure if you searched on google using the key words: gypsy, instruments, russia & 19th century - you would come up with something. Cheers!

Masha
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: David_Newell on May 31, 2004, 05:52:17 AM
I have read somewhere that the girls had ragtime records and that there Aunt have given them sheet music from America with the latest tunes so to speak. I will hunt for this because I thought it a nice story.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: David_Newell on May 31, 2004, 05:56:32 AM
I have a wonderful cd ocalled "The Millenium" it is russian church music the show stoppers so to speak!! It is very beautifull Its at my house in Kent beside the sea. When I go to sit by the sea where I placed my two girlies ashes (my westies you were all so kind about )I listen to it on my walkman. I you would like its number and info please send me an email or I could post it here.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Sunny on May 31, 2004, 09:24:54 AM
Have read that Nicholas and Alexandra were particularly fond of Liebestod (Love-Death), from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
Haven't read of Nicholas and Alexandra's feelings for Alexander Glazunov's Coronation Contata written for the coronation of Nicholas, but it gets me every time :-)
Chandos Records offers a beautiful recording featuring
conductor Valeri Polyanskii, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  and  the Russian State Symphony Cappella.

Sunny
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on May 31, 2004, 11:55:21 AM
I know that OTMA played the piano(and well at that) but was it required for them? Did any of them like doing it or did they choose to play the piano? I know Alexei didn't care much for playing piano, so he chose the balalaika. I was just curious if their mother chose it for them. ???
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on June 01, 2004, 12:44:03 AM
I find the Wagner bit rather interesting, as he was considered a little avante garde for the time (& still does to me even today  :P ) Now, I would like to know what N&A thought about Rachmanninov or Mossoursky, especially the former, as he was an up-and-commer just before the revolution & his music - particularly his concertos 1- 4 evoke all the turmoil & heartbreak of the time.
Also, while the jazz/ragtime seems out of character for Alix, the family as a whole were exposed to alot of modern stuff at the time. Alexei watched Mickey Mouse movies at his birthday party, and the gilrs were painting figures that looked much like Betty Boop at age 3. Also, it has to be remembered that Alix's brother was on the cutting edge of all things artistic with his involvment with the art nouveau/arts & crafts community etc. If anyone has ever seen some of his own doodlings, I'm sure they would find them quite shockingly modern - cycloptic cubes & such. Any way, when it comes to music, they were really "with-it", as it were, or at least in the know.

Masha
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Suzanne on June 01, 2004, 07:12:17 PM
I don't think its possible for Alexei to have watched Mickey Mouse films - Mickey's first cartoon did not debut until 1928. It is true though that all the children watched films - news reels, documentaries, popular films etc. Mossolov's memoirs "At the Court of the Last Tsar" make reference to Mistress of the Robes Madame Naryshkin censoring aspects of the films that were deemed inappropriate for the children.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on June 02, 2004, 11:33:35 PM
Does anyone know the titles of some of the families favorite songs? I would like to look them up and see what they used to listen to. Thank you in advance! ;)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on June 09, 2004, 09:24:49 PM
I know this has nothing to do with music, but it has to do with sound. When the I.F made their home-movies, did they have good sound like we do now? I think they did but I am not for sure. I have a video with one of their home-movies on it but the sound they had on there didn't sound original, it sounded like people added in the sound. Any answers? ???
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: nerdycool on June 09, 2004, 09:40:47 PM
I don't think they had sound at all for moving pictures. This is during the era of the silent movie and the movies in general had live piano or organ playing with the film. So I would think the IF had the ability to make sound and record it, but just not while they were filming... there would be two different machines for the process, so it most likely was added in later.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on June 09, 2004, 10:25:58 PM
Yea, I was thinking about how they could have had sound in there since it was the silent movie era. Thanks for the info nerdycool!!:)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on June 15, 2004, 10:21:49 PM
I am not sure if we already covered this, but did any members at all of The Romanov family like music played in America???
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: masha on June 16, 2004, 09:17:16 PM
Maria-Vanya:

I recall somewhere the faster set of the family - the Vladimiritchi (Boris & Andrei) & the Tsar's brother, Michael & Countess Brassova, as well as GD Dimitry & Felix Youssoupov seem to have collections of jazz recordings. Sorry to not remember where I read this, as it was from several different books read many years ago.

Masha
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Maria_Vanya on June 16, 2004, 09:34:42 PM
Thank you Masha! :)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: grandduchessella on June 18, 2004, 10:08:56 PM
Seems that Ella also learned to play a bit:

Grand Duchess Elizabeth to Tsar Nicholas II, 11 April
1897
Darling Nicky,
....I can now play enough of the balalaika to show you and Alix so if we have some free moments a trois, I can
show you it is quite easy, only I won't bring my
instrument, perhaps one of the soldiers can lend his....
God bless you, dear Boy. Your loving Sister,
Ella
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: etonexile on April 27, 2005, 05:41:58 PM
Do any know the sorts of music the IF listened to?...gramaphone recordings?...I can imagine the GD's fox-trotting and bunny-hugging in their rooms...and laughing.....
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: ferngully on April 28, 2005, 12:28:40 PM
the small pair danced to loud music very loud when alix had company, so maybe the music of the time? maybe classical for the big pair and jazz for the small pair?  :) (not sure if it was popular then) overall i think maybe classical
selina              xxxxxxxxx
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Ortino on April 28, 2005, 12:30:01 PM
Jazz wasn't around when they were young. Not until the 20's really. They might have listened to Ragtime music though.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: etonexile on April 30, 2005, 11:03:21 AM
I wonder if there might be inventory lists of things purchased which might list recorded music....or any diary references...?
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Linnea on September 08, 2005, 04:24:02 AM
Hello, you all! Iīve searched for this all over the forum, but didnīt find anything. I would like to know if some members of the Imperial Family had musical talent? What about OTMA? Did they play any instruments? Are there any photos of the IF playing instruments? :)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: clockworkgirl21 on September 08, 2005, 05:43:10 AM
I know Alekandra, Olga, and Tatiana played the piano. I don't know about Maria and Anastasia and the piano. There's a Russian instrument Anastasia and Aleksey played called the balalaika, and I probably spelled that wrong. I've seen a few pics of them playing instruments, but not many.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Tatia on September 08, 2005, 08:36:26 AM
Alix also sang, and quite good too. And I believe she liked to play the piano with Anna Vyrubova.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Sarushka on September 08, 2005, 08:46:57 AM
Yes, according to Vyrubova's memoirs, she and Alix played four-handed piano duets and sang. (Alix a contralto, Anya a soprano).
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Holly on September 08, 2005, 11:12:51 AM
Does anyone have pictures with the girls and instuments? I haven't seen any with Anastasia.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: julia.montague on September 08, 2005, 12:48:35 PM
I think they all played the balalajka
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Historybuff262 on October 14, 2005, 03:05:10 PM
Did Alix relly play the banjo and ukelele? :-/
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Historybuff262 on October 14, 2005, 09:25:31 PM
Also, the song "Daisy, Daisy" was popular in America. Did the imperial family know that song?
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: hikaru on February 16, 2006, 06:39:11 AM
Yesterday I went to a wonderful violin concert of
Anne-Sophie Mutter. She played an violin conatas of Mozart.
I thought one thing: Maybe the people of 18th and 19th century used to hear the music reflecting about other things than we do now. I.e. that their understanding and impression of Mozart and Chaykovsky was different.
If the garden in 18th century was considered as the
continuation of the palace, as the some kind of "green cabinet", maybe when they heard sonatas they could analize it in another way?
What do you think about it.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: TheAce1918 on June 24, 2006, 07:50:19 PM
Quote
Yesterday I went to a wonderful violin concert of
Anne-Sophie Mutter. She played an violin conatas of Mozart.
I thought one thing: Maybe the people of 18th and 19th century used to hear the music reflecting about other things than we do now. I.e. that their understanding and impression of Mozart and Chaykovsky was different.
If the garden in 18th century was considered as the
continuation of the palace, as the some kind of "green cabinet", maybe when they heard sonatas they could analize it in another way?
What do you think about it.

I'm not 100% sure about this question :-/...but here are my two bits
I had a likewise situation, I had recently seen a concert celebrating Mozart at a national hall.  The atmoshpere was breathtaking...very Titanic-18/19th Century themed.  The mindset of serenity and glorious praise on the fruits of life is still very real.  Even if society chooses to view it in a different manner.  Those listening to the classics nowadays, the everyday-Joe's would view them as masters of an art that has submitted to the history books.  However, to the patrons who enjoy it as their forefathers had centuries before understand it as a music of a time period, a people, and a world much different than ours.  
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Tavin on August 01, 2006, 12:42:04 PM

What we call today "Classical Music" was the modern music of the 18th and 19th centuries.
In my opinion they analyze it in a similar way that we analyze the modern music.
Today the Classical music gained a historic direction that didnīt exist at the time.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Elisabeth on November 24, 2006, 02:14:09 PM
Every Christmas season I experience a sudden craving for Russian classical music. Mainly I want to listen to Peter Tchaikovsky's greatest hits, like "The Nutcracker Suite" (natch!), "Sleeping Beauty" and "Serenade for Strings" (my particular favorite at the moment). But I also want to hear Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Is it only myself who associates Christmas with Russian music? And I wonder why this is? Is it because "The Nutcracker Suite" as a ballet is so ubiquitous at this time of year?

Still, most of this is music the IF would have listened to. What are your own favorite pieces of Russian music and why?   
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Tsarfan on November 24, 2006, 06:23:03 PM
Shostakovich's fifth symphony -- the strongest signal ever telegraphed from the soul of an artist that no government, no matter horrendous, will ever succeed in eradicating the human spirit.  And he did it right under their noses.

Today, of all days, I want to nail a pair of headphones to Putin's head and make him listen to it until his brain explodes.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Elisabeth on November 25, 2006, 09:19:32 AM
Shostakovich's fifth symphony -- the strongest signal ever telegraphed from the soul of an artist that no government, no matter horrendous, will ever succeed in eradicating the human spirit.  And he did it right under their noses.

Today, of all days, I want to nail a pair of headphones to Putin's head and make him listen to it until his brain explodes.


I'm afraid that even this magnificent piece of music would fall on deaf ears in Putin's case. But thanks for reminding me of Shostakovich's fifth - I'm listening to it right now, as I write this.

Your mention of Putin, however, also reminds of a conversation with one of my Russian friends when Putin was just a few years into his rule. This fellow was trying to convince himself that Putin, a former KGB man, would nevertheless not turn into the dictator he was shaping up to be, because his defense minister was on the record as saying that he was a Beatles fan! (And indeed, when Paul McCartney visited Russia, he called this guy, very disrespectfully to his face, "Mr. Defense Minister," and meanwhile Mr. Defense Minister was bowing and scraping to his great Beatle god!) Unfortunately, I had to remind my friend of all those Nazis who loved Beethoven and Mozart, not to mention Hitler, who loved Wagner. One's musical tastes are not always a reliable predictor of one's political predilections... or for that matter one's character.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Helen_Azar on November 25, 2006, 02:34:57 PM
One's musical tastes are not always a reliable predictor of one's political predilections... or for that matter one's character.

Absolutely, not musical tastes nor any other tastes for that matter, I'm afraid. This reminds me of an interesting riddle that makes you think...

You are to vote in an election and these are the backgrounds of the three candidates:

Candidate A: Associates with ward heelers and consults with astrologists. Has had two mistresses. Chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B: Kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college, drinks a quart of brandy every evening.

Candidate C: A decorated war hero. A vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any illicit affairs.

Which would you vote for, based on the above?



Well...


Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt, Candidate B is Winston Churchill and Candidate C is Adolph Hitler...

Sorry for going OT a bit  :)


 






Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Elisabeth on November 26, 2006, 12:39:31 PM
Hilarious, Helen. It shows how warped our sense of priorities has become in the United States, when we think that teetotaling and sexual puritanism doth good leaders make.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: imperial angel on November 26, 2006, 06:30:51 PM
Well, I think Russian classical music is the loveliest of all classical music in some ways. Whenever I hear some of it, I am always reminded of Imperial Russia and the Romanovs, for some reason. I don't really listen to it, but if you watch enough figure skating you've come to hear much of it. Shostakovitch sounds familiar to me from some figure skater's music. I remember it being very lovely and moving, although I don't know which specific piece of music it was. But, I think his music was quite good.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Grace on November 27, 2006, 04:55:26 AM
Hilarious, Helen. It shows how warped our sense of priorities has become in the United States, when we think that teetotaling and sexual puritanism doth good leaders make.

Someone like that may not necessarily make a good leader but it least such a person would have considerable self-discipline I would think -- characteristics not plentiful these days.  ;)

Back to 'Music The IF Would Have Listened To'...
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Helen_Azar on November 27, 2006, 07:41:21 AM
Someone like that may not necessarily make a good leader but it least such a person would have considerable self-discipline I would think -- characteristics not plentiful these days.  ;)

That self discipline sure did a lot of good for millions of civilians of Europe in the 1940's...

Yes, back to the "Music the IF Would Have Listened to".
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: ChristineM on November 27, 2006, 08:04:19 AM
Perhaps a bit more up to date and slightly 'lighter' is Georgi Sviridov.   His 'Snowstorm' transports me very precisely to St Petersburg, 1900.

I absolutely adore Russian Orthodox Church music, but would be happy to die to the closing bars of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

tsaria
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Johnny on November 29, 2006, 04:37:04 PM
One's musical tastes are not always a reliable predictor of one's political predilections... or for that matter one's character.
Ms. Rice is a concert pianist, her favorite piece being Mozart's piano concerto in D minor. I hoped the lady would have some character until I saw her in action.

Back to the topic, altough Prokofiev was already composing, I doubt if the IF ever heard any of his music. The three major Stravinsky ballets were also written before WWI, and although they were major sensations in Europe I also doubt it the IF ever listened to that stuff. Their tastes were much more conservative. Both Nicholas and Alexandra loved music. Nicholas adored Tchaikovsky. There's a story that he as a teenager would listen to rehearsals of Tchaikovsky's opera Queen of Spades while calling the theater on the phone from the palace. Pretty high-tech for the time :) He also loved Wagner and had his music done often at the Imperial theater.
Alexandra loved Wagner above all. She also listened to other kinds of music. During the war, she would have a Roumanian Gypsy orchestra play weekly concerts at the palace. I also read somewhere that after seeing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake thought the whole thing including the music to be awfully boring. Whether she stayed to the end, I don't know. By the way, she was an accomplished pianist herself. Before she was even married, her grandmother Queen Victoria would often ask her to play some Chopin or something to entertain her guests. She would do it, but she was terribly shy about it.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Helen_Azar on December 02, 2006, 10:34:33 AM
I hoped the lady would have some character until I saw her in action.
Why?

Back to the topic  ;)


Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Kaie Karadjordjevic on December 03, 2006, 10:45:50 AM
Tchaikovsky music is all about christmas, going to the ballet and watching things like sleeping beauty and the Nutcraker.
i'm not sure what music IF would have listened to, probably the great russian classics as well as other great classical composers
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: s.v.markov on December 29, 2006, 05:06:19 PM
I like to listen to pieces that were actually composed and performed for specific occasions in late Imperial Russian history. So far, I've collected the following on CD :

Coronation Cantata, by Alexander Glazunov (Op.56), first performed May 1896 as part of the celebrations for Nicholas II's accession, but somewhat overshadowed by events at Khodynka and hardly ever performed since. Available on the Chandos label and very fine!

The King of the Jews (Tsar Iudeyskiy), another cantata by Glazunov (Op.95), this time with libretto by none other than Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich ('KR'), a gifted poet, pianist and composer. The whole piece (nearly an hour) was first performed by a large orchestra, choir and soloists in the Hermitage Theatre in January 1914, with KR himself taking the part of Joseph of Arimathea. Also available on Chandos.

Coronation Cantata, by Jean Sibelius, first performed in Helsinki 2nd November 1896 in honour of Nicholas II, the former Chancellor of Helsinki University and Grand Duke of Finland.  Hardly (if ever) performed since. Sibelius was commissioned to compose the piece, which he did, probably against his will. There are political 'overtones' in the 30 minute piece, reflecting feelings of protest regarding Russian attitudes towards Finland. And there is an amusing story that the premiere of the piece was ruined by a drunken tuba player in the orchestra, who kept coming in at the wrong time and making disrespectful rasping sounds with his instrument!! It's probably only a story, as there is no tuba part in the score! Available on the Ondine label.

I could add Tchaikovsky's 'Moscow', which was performed at the coronation of Alexander III, and of course we know that Nicholas II was present at the premiere of the same composer's 'Sleeping Beauty'. At the end the Tsar said he thought it was 'quite nice' which offended Tchaikovsky very much!

Coming right up to date, there is a piece by John Tavener called 'Elizabeth Full of Grace' which celebrates jointly the canonisation of GD Elizabeth Feodorovna and the long life of Queen Elizabeth, mother of Elizabeth II. Available on Sony.

They're all worth listening to! I'm sure other people can add more to the list.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: hikaru on March 04, 2007, 11:52:42 AM
Musorgsky, Sens-Sans, Mendelson, Rimsky-Korsajkov, Chaykowsky, Wagner, Shtrauss, Bize, Adan, Glinka, Dargomyzsky, Rubinstein, Shumann, Chopin, Delib, Dubois, Neidgardt etc.
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: Johnny on March 04, 2007, 06:59:23 PM
Musorgsky, Sens-Sans, Mendelson, Rimsky-Korsajkov, Chaykowsky, Wagner, Shtrauss, Bize, Adan, Glinka, Dargomyzsky, Rubinstein, Shumann, Chopin, Delib, Dubois, Neidgardt etc.
Not to mention Verdi!

Who is Neidgardt?
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: TheAce1918 on March 21, 2007, 08:36:39 PM
Obviously Russian orchestrations, and traditional folk music...seing as how the children played the balalaika.  But I would also assume other European pieces as well. 
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: etonexile on March 27, 2007, 12:32:09 PM
I have a lovely fantascy of the Imperial children dancing about on the yacht to rag-time music...veddy new at the time...turkey trot,bunny hug,and such... :o
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: TheAce1918 on March 27, 2007, 03:38:18 PM
I have a lovely fantascy of the Imperial children dancing about on the yacht to rag-time music...veddy new at the time...turkey trot,bunny hug,and such... :o

Like the Western, and American pop/Dixieland of the period?  That would be very interesting.  I've listened to whatever tracks I could get a hold of and not only are they wonderful, but they seem like radical departures from traditional European symphonic pieces.  Nevertheless, you can never go wrong with some good old fashion rag time!   ;)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: etonexile on April 13, 2007, 01:42:27 PM
Yes...I believe that rag-time music was accepted in Europe before it was in America...where it began. Ironic that ...The film,"Oh,What A Lovely War" has some great songs of the WWI period...I especially enjoy "The Moon Shines Bright On Charlie Chaplin",sung to the tune of "Redwing"...Tedders often has a jolly turn on the garden table to that piece... ::)
Title: Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
Post by: TheAce1918 on April 17, 2007, 09:04:07 PM
Are there any albums that you can reccomend?  I've tried to search for the Chaplin song, but to little avail.