09.05.2021

Musical selection "Melodies of the war years" for the Great Victory Day

Songs of the Great Patriotic war years and songs that were written after the War... The theme of this terrible war worried the prominent composers and poets of several generations, and they created many songs that gain the fame of the best examples of Russian vocal culture. War is an ordeal for a person, and many songs are composed about human grief and many classical pieces of music are written. Those songs help in difficult times to gather all the strength and fight to the end.

War songs feature everything: the bitterness of retreat in the first months and the joy of returning back home, reflections on the life of a soldier, stories about the military exploits of sailors and infantrymen, aviators and tank crewmembers.

It is considered that a war song is a weapon. Artists of drama and musical theaters, philharmonic societies and concert groups contributed to the common cause of fighting the enemy. Front-line theaters and concert brigades were immensely popular. At the risk of their lives, musicians, singers, dancers and theater artists proved with their performances that the vigor of art is alive. Not only the artillery shelling of the enemy, but by the enthusiastic applause of the soldiers and officers as well, who encored their favorite performers, broke the silence at the front-line: Lydia Ruslanova, Leonid Utesov, Klavdiya Shulzhenko to the impromptu stage repeatedly.

Listening to the songs about the Great Patriotic War, we can at least faintly understand the feelings of the soldiers that defended their homeland. Thanks to the music of that time, we are able to feel the unspeakable rain and pain of mothers tears that awaited their sons back home and the ineffable happiness that all Soviet people experienced on May 9, 1945. In terms of emotional and spiritual content, war songs surpassed everything that existed on our stage before, and everything that was created later. There are fewer war veterans every year, but we remember it. Not least because we are be concerned about the future - it is important for us that all the horrors that our grandfathers experienced do not happen once more. Therefore, we should remember the past - this is our duty to the country and to the courage of the soldiers that gained the victory in the World War II.

For the Victory Day, we have prepared a musical selection that features melodies of the war and post-war years familiar to everyone since childhood.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, museum Collection prepared the exhibition of sculptural works of the second half of the 1940s-1960s, dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. It is now available online.

The exhibition features the works of the prominent sculptors, representatives of the monumental art of the Soviet period that were parched by the war and inspired by the exploits of the victorious people, such as Evgeny Vuchetich, Alexander Grube, Semyon Andreychenko, Vasily Agibalov and Viktor Mukhin.