The Peddlers (1916)


Varia Panina. Transposed from a Hungarian csardas. Lyrics: Nikolai Nekrasov
Description: This song is an excerpt from a longer poem by Nikolai Nekrasov, Russia s greatest civic poet of the nineteenth century. A masterful wordsmith, Nekrasov focused on the lives of poor Russians, for whom he evoked considerable sympathy. Peddlers was a collage of rural Russia after the emancipation, and a strong political statement. Yet this extract, sung with throbbing passion by Varya Panina of Moscow’s Yar Restaurant, suggested very different intentions.

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