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Russian Music and Literature on WFMT

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Weekdays at 4:50 PM


Everyone knows the Volga Boatman Song (video below). It’s been suggested there’s a little of the Volga Boatman in every Russian composer—but what does that mean? Does it come from Russian folk music? Is it an attitude? How does the Russian identity shape the art? How does Russia’s art shape her national identity?

The magnificence of the Jordan staircase, the bold primitivism of Le sacre du printemps, or the philosophy within the pages of Anna Karenina bespeak a highly passionate, creative and expressive people. Come along with WFMT and host Irwin Weil, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University, as we explore the history of the Russian people through their art, their literature, and their music each weekday, March 3 through March 7 at 4:50 PM.

Monday
Tchaikovsky and Pushkin, Part I


Tuesday
Folk Music in 19th Century Jewish Communities

Wednesday
Boris Godunov

Thursday
Stravinsky and Folklore

Friday
Tchaikovsky and Pushkin, Part II

RUSSIAN MUSIC AND LITERATURE – VOICES FOR THE PEOPLE is a presentation of WFMT, Northwestern University, Block Museum, and the Mariinsky Foundation of America. The broadcasts coincide with Music in Russian and Modernist Culture Conference at Northwestern University.

  • ounbbl

    La la land – worst movie I have seen!! Shame on Oscar.