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Offline Maria_Vanya

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #15 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? ???

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« Reply #16 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.

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #17 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!!:)

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #18 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???

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2004, 09:34:42 PM »
Thank you Masha! :)

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #21 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
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....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
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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #22 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.....

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« Reply #23 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
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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #24 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.
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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #25 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...?

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #26 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? :)

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #27 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.

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #28 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.

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Re: The Imperial Family and Their Music
« Reply #29 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).
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