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May 19, 2005 Performance Today's series on folk and classical traditions around the world continues with two Russian performances in NPR's Studio 4A: the Trio Voronezh and celebrated baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
December 8, 2004 The music of Mikhail Glinka earned him credit for launching Russian nationalism. But his most famous opera, "A Life for the Tsar," is filled with the music of Poland, not Russia. Musicologist Richard Taruskin explores national identity in music.
December 5, 2000 NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow that Russia looks ready to bring back the Soviet national anthem - without the references to Lenin and the indestructible union of Soviet republics, of course. President Vladimir Putin says the country should keep the melody, because throwing out all symbols of the Soviet past would mean "our mothers and fathers lived in vain." The Russian parliament, or Duma, is expected to vote on the matter Friday. Former President Boris Yeltsin chose a melody by the 19th century composer Mikhail Glinka as the post-Soviet anthem, but the hymn never caught on. Lawmakers could never agree on words.
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