Three Russian Songs
for Violin, Viola or Cello & Piano
Mikhail Glinka's Three Russian Songs for Violin, Viola (or Cello) and Piano are only three of several that he wrote which subsequently were set for various ensembles by different arrangers. Our arrangement was made by Eduard Herrmann (1850-1937) a German violinist and composer, who for several years was concertmaster of the Imperial Russian Orchestra in St. Petersburg. He was also was a highly successful arranger whose arrangements were for many years quite popular. Among these are his Three Russian Songs for Violin, Viola (or Cello) and Piano.
Mikhail Glinka (1804-57) was the first within Russia to create romances, operas and chamber music on based on Russian themes using Russian folk melodies and is commonly regarded as the founder of Russian nationalism in music. His influence on composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Mussorgsky was considerable. As a child, he had some lessons from the famous Irish virtuoso pianist John Field who was living in Petersburg, but his association with music remained purely amateur, until visits to Europe which began in 1830. In both Italy and Germany, he was able to formally study and improve his compositional technique. His music offered a synthesis of Western operatic form with Russian melody, while his instrumental music was a combination of the traditional and the exotic.
This arrangement of these lovely songs is extraordinarily effective. Not at all hard to play, they can be recommended for concert or home.