Pushkin Club: THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR IN POETRY, PROSE AND SONG

Alla Gelich will recite two poems by Simonov. David Matthews will read his and Lyudmila Matthews' translation of Paustovsky's “Rainy Dawn”.

Songs will be sung by Lila Moshtael, with piano accompaniment by Nadia Giliova.

All musical arrangements are by Nadia Giliova. Translations of the songs, by David and Lyudmila Matthews, available on the door.

All three components of the Evening – stories, poems and songs - were written and composed during the Second World War, when people separated from their loved ones dreamt of Victory as the only means to see them again.

 

programme     

1.      Ты помнишь, Алёша, дороги Смоленщины

Remember, Alyosha, the roads of Smolenshchina

 

a poem by Konstantin Simonov to be recited by Alla Gelich

translation by Mike Munford will be read by Lucy Daniels.

 

2.      Огонёк

Little Light

 

words by Mikhail Isakovsky

music by an unknown author.

 

3.      Жди меня, и я вернусь

Wait for me, and I'll come back!

 

a poem by Konstantin Simonov to be recited by Alla Gelich

translation by Mike Munford will be read by Lucy Daniels.

 

Konstantin Paustovsky.

Short introduction by David Matthews.

 

4.      Дождливый рассвет

Rainy Dawn

 

a short story by Konstantin Paustovsky 

translation by David and Lyudmila Matthews to be read by David Matthews

Rainy Dawn will be interspersed with two songs:

 

5.      В ЗЕМЛЯНКЕ

The Dug-out

words by Aleksey Surkov                                                                              

music by Konstantin Listov

 

6.      Офицерский вальс

The Officer’s Waltz

words by Evgeny Dolmatovsky                                                                           

music by Mark Fradkin

 

final song

7.      Тёмная ночь

Dark Night

 

words by Victor Agatov

music by Nikita Bogoslovsky

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