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Rodion Shchedrin, great composer

Rodion Shchedrin, great composer

Rodion Shchedrin, great composer


Rodion Shchedrin is a Russian composer and pianist. By the way, he is the winner of the Lenin State Prize (1984), USSR State Prize (1972) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992). Also he is a member of the Interregional Deputy Group (1989–1991).
Shchedrin devoted his life to music. Rodion Konstantinovich was named a classic during his lifetime, and the orchestrations performed by him – brilliant hits with a minimal set of tools and with maximum expressiveness.
The boy was born on December 16, 1932 in Moscow into a family of composer and music theory teacher Konstantin Shchedrin and economist, music lover Konkordiya Shchedrina (nee Ivanova). His first music teacher was the father.
The war prevented his studies at the conservatory. The boy twice tried to flee to the front, and his uncle, a high-ranking official, helped to return the fugitive. Then another mother’s brother took the family to Kuibyshev, where he worked as an assistant to Dmitry Shostakovich. The composer remembered that he had attended the rehearsal of his Seventh Symphony.
In 1955 Shchedrin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. You know, his first major works were written in his early twenties.
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Siberian Bear – Denis Matsuev

Siberian Bear - Denis Matsuev

Siberian Bear – Denis Matsuev


Denis Matsuev is a Russian virtuoso pianist. By the way, he is People’s Artist of Russia (2011) and laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2009). Talented pianist was the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 in Moscow. Also he received the Dmitri Shostakovich Award in Music. His nickname is The Siberian Bear.
The boy was born on June 11, 1975 in Irkutsk, the Russian Federation. He was born into a family of musicians: his mother was a piano teacher, and his father was a well-known pianist and composer. His grandfather worked with a circus orchestra, where he played drums and percussion. The first music teacher of the future star was his grandmother Vera Albertovna.
In Irkutsk, Denis attended an art school and studied at the 11th Mayakovsky school, the oldest educational institution in the city. The first piano teacher was Lyubov Nikolaevna Sementsova. After school, an outstanding musician studied for some time at the Irkutsk Music College, but then continued his studies in the capital.
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Vasiliy Kandinsky and his women

Vasiliy Kandinsky

Vasiliy Kandinsky

Vasiliy Kandinskiy (1866-1944) was the famous Russian artist and art theoretician. You know, he was a great master and founder of abstract art.
“Kandinsky calls abstract the content that painting must express, that’s to say this invisible life that we are. In such a way that the Kandinskian equation, to which we have alluded to, can be written in reality as follows: Interior = interiority = invisible = life = pathos = abstract”.
On November 7, 2012 at Christie’s Impressionist and modern art auction in New York Kandinsky’s Study for Improvisation 8 (1909) was sold for $23 Million.
Before this sale, the artist’s last record was set in 1990 when Sotheby’s sold his Fugue (1914) for $20.9 million.
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Sergeanne Golon – Angelique’s World

Sergeanne Golon

Sergeanne Golon


Sergeanne Golon is a literary pseudonym of Simone Changeux and her husband Vsevolod Golubinov. By the way, the novelist duo is also known as Anne and Serge Golon (Fr. Anne et Serge Golon). Their novels were read in France, Germany, and the USSR. When the movie with Michele Mercier in the title role was filmed the spouses became famous.
Angelique first appeared in bookstores in 1956 under the name of Anne Golon. Serge was looking for historical information. Then the names of both of them were on the covers.
A series of French historical adventure books is about blond, green-eyed beauty. The action took place during the time of Louis XIV of France, although a few of the books take place in other locations. According to Anne Golon, her husband was the prototype of Angelica’s husband – Joffrey de Peyrac.
Vsevolod Golubinov, later known as Serge Golon (1903–1972), was a Russian aristocrat. He was born in Bukhara, Turkestan, where his father was the Tsar’s consul. Actually, Vsevolod was a writer and artist, who knew eleven languages.
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Russian Girls headdresses

Konstantin Makovsky Russian Beauty

Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915) Russian Beauty.


Russian girls headdresses are awesome and pretty.
Since ancient times all women’s headdresses were divided into headdresses for maidens and married women.
Maidens wore headbands and ribbons and their hair was open.
After marriage, women’s headdress had changed, because her beauty now belonged only to her husband.
Foreigners who visited Russia left a description of the wedding custom: during the ceremony a groom wore a headscarf on the head of his beloved and became her husband.
Kokoshnik was very popular.
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Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov

Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov

Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov

Vladislav Nagornov is a Russian painter, who graduated from the Penza Art College, then from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. You know, Vladislav is a Member of the Russian Union of Artists (since 2001).
He was born in 1974 in Penza. The boy began painting at the age of six.
His works are in private and corporate collections in Russia and abroad.
By the way, Vladislav is fond of history. He needs a lot of information to recreate the characters, costumes, decorations and interior parts. Actually, he carefully studied the works of the great artists of that time – Ilya Repin, Vasily Surikov, Sergey Ivanov and many others.
Nagornov shows us the beauty of Russian girls and women, as well as reminds us of the great history of Russia.
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Anna Ioannovna – Russian Tsaritsa

Anna Ioannovna - Russian Tsaritsa

Anna Ioannovna – Russian Tsaritsa


Anna Ioannovna Romanova was Empress of Russia from 1730 to 1740. You know, she was the niece of Peter the Great.
The girl was born on February 7, 1693 into the royal family in the Moscow Kremlin. Her parents, Tsar Ivan V and Tsarina Praskovia Feodorovna, raised two more daughters: the elder Ekaterina and the younger Praskovya. From an early age Anna, along with her sisters, was taught Russian language, arithmetic, geography, dances, German and French.
In 1696 Ivan died, and the widowed queen with the children was forced to leave the Kremlin chambers and move to the Izmaylovo country residence. And in 1708 the family moved to St. Petersburg. Soon the Swedes launched an offensive against the northern capital, and relatives of Peter I had to return to Moscow.
Peter’s troops could not prevail in the Northern War. The Russian emperor needed support from the Prussian and Courland rulers. In 1709, the Russian troops occupied Courland. Diplomatic negotiations were held with the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm I. It was decided to make an alliance between two dynasties.
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