Songs and melodies dedicated to the Victory Day are posted in our Sound library

Compilation of the war songs dedicated to the Victory Day is posted in our Sound library. We are presenting the songs from gramophone records of the 1940s-50s that are stored in the Museum Collection. Those melodies were written more than half a century ago, the majority of them were created during the severe time of military trials. Those songs might become a live musical chronicle of the past and a sincere testimony of the strength and zest of people for young generation that is not acquainted with the War realities. One cannot stay indifferent while listening to those melodies. Each time we hear the voices of Mark Bernes, Leonid Utesov and Claudia Shulzhenko, we are imagining the feelings and the mood of those who passed through the war period. "Katyusha", "Dark Night", "The Beloved Town" - millions of people knew those songs by heart. The songs were performed everywhere - in the front and behind the lines. They were the songs that gave people faith, spiritual strength and optimism. They are not forgotten even now, no matter how the musical fashion and sound technologies have changed. Tunefulness, soulfulness, memorability is the major secret of the popularity of the War years’ songs. They will never become obsolete. You can also listen to a rare record of 1951 - an extract from the poem by Aleksander Tvardovsky “Vasily Tyorkin”, also known as “The book about a soldier”, performed by Dmitry Orlov.