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When you Taught me how to Dance

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Magic flute… - Lyudmila Chebotareva (Luce)

I was a young ballerina,

Every evening I danced ballet.

But life was wrapped in a cloak

From forever gone years.

Only I have not forgotten now

Thunder of applause, bouquets of flowers,

And that happiness was in my destiny,

Both success and great love.

I was affectionately called Oksanka,

But I had a chance to shed many tears

For this proud posture,

For the crown of wheaten hair.

It happens sometimes in life,

That the whole world will turn away from you.

I'll tell you, I won't hide anything,

Though my bitter story is long.

I'm spinning on stage - oh my God! –

Pas de deux, padegrass, padequatre...

Suddenly I look, what is looking from the box

The sovereign-emperor is looking at me.

I curtsied low -

Cheeks burn with embarrassment.

And during the intermission, the owner gives me a note

- from him, from the king.

- In the palace, they say, immediately appear

Before his bright eyes!

I cried, but it doesn't depend on me

Nothing is left of me now.

I was not allowed to say goodbye to my relatives,

Near the theater there is a carriage with a coat of arms.

I whispered the name of my beloved

And I signed myself with a cross.

An old coachman consoled me:

– Like, don’t shed, girl, tears are in vain

And don’t torture yourself in vain –

Tea, you are not the first with the king!

He will have fun and quit,

Like a kid throws a toy.

On a handkerchief - wipe your little snub.

Whoa!!! Arrived - the royal palace.

I didn't say anything in reply,

I only remember: I stepped myself

Into the very center of the huge hall,

Where the servants are in darkness.

There sat the emperor on the throne

Wearing a white ermine cloak,

Wearing a gold and emerald crown.

And again I sobbed in vain.

Only the king of his servants sends,

To stay with me tet-a-tete,

My thin hand will be kissed,

admits that he loves ballet,

shows me with pearls

with his generous royal hand ,

Says with his feet

I stole peace from him,

That I can become an emperor...

But how can I leave my family -

Mother and father-in-law, sisters and brothers,

And my dear love?

I say to the king: “Forgive me

Silly girl, our father is the king!

Well, where can I go with my unwashed face

Into the Kalashny line - to your palace?

I have a family, I have a theater,

I have love for years.

I will not be yours, emperor,

Never! Never!! Never!!!"

The tsar stamped his foot with all his might,

The executioner calls to him

And shouts: “Since he doesn’t want to become a queen,

Then let him submit to fate.

Whip her with sticks!

Have no mercy! Whip like a trace!

So that you don't embarrass me with your feet

The stupid girl and her ballet.

And my half-dead body

They threw me right out the door.

Only I somehow managed to survive

And now I'm wandering around the world.

Here I go and dance on the carriages,

And my ballet flats are crutches...

– Hey, grandpa, pour moonshine

For my funny dances!

5 ancient musical devices from the collections of Russian museums. From small boxes to gramophones

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In the 19th century, music boxes were considered a luxury item in the home and a sign of the refined taste of its owners. They were made in the form of caskets, miniature musical instruments. Later, other devices appeared - symphonies and gramophones. With the help of the Artefact multimedia guide, learn about ancient musical devices in Russian museum collections: click on "points of interest", read interesting facts and listen to audio guides.

The Artefact augmented reality application can be used in the museum itself: just download the exhibition and point the camera at the exhibit. And in the material of the portal "Culture.RF" - a little about the history of these jukeboxes.

Swiss music box

The Nevyansk State Historical and Architectural Museum has a box made in 1908 in Switzerland. It was in this country that the first musical boxes in Europe began to be made. At 179In the 6th year, the Genevan watchmaker Antoine Favre designed a metal comb on which, with the help of cloves, a short melody could be played. At first, it was inserted into watches and perfume bottles - then elegant containers with perfume were hidden in figurines that were opened using mechanisms. Then the design was complicated and began to be placed in separate boxes - this is how music boxes appeared. In 1815, the first factory for their production was opened in Switzerland, and caskets were delivered from this country, including to Russia.

The mechanism of the box from the Nevyansk Museum is made of special steel — the comb tongues emit a thin ringing with a crystal tint. The box made of dark wood is covered with floral ornaments, and musical instruments are depicted on the lid. It can still be started today, the handle is located on the right side of the case. From above, through the glass, you can observe the movement of the main shaft with teeth. The music box can play six different tunes in a row.

Piano music box

The box from the collection of the Children's Art Gallery of Samara is made in the shape of a piano. It was made in the Swiss company Jobin Music in the middle of the 19th century. This factory is still in operation today.

The device can play multiple songs. When one ends, the main shaft shifts and the next motive sounds. The timbre of caskets depends not only on the material of the shaft and comb, but also on the wood from which the body is made. To amplify the sound, its walls must be thin.

In the design of the museum box, the Swiss craftsmen used a complex decoration method - the marquetry technique. This is a special type of mosaic, when a pattern is laid out from different types of wood. Thin plates were glued to the base, sanded and covered with a small layer of varnish. Decorate the box and elements of bone and fabric.

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  • 9022 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 also the jukebox of the 19th century, the symphony. It was made at the Symphonion firm, which belonged to a major merchant and industrialist, Johann Philipp Müller.

    Music boxes were called symphonies, in which a metal disk with teeth was installed instead of a shaft. It rotated over a comb with tongues of different lengths. Unlike a box with a fixed shaft, the discs could be changed so the device could play other pieces of music.

    The first symphony was invented by the German Paul Lohmann in the 1880s. Soon these musical devices became popular: they were ordered to houses, cafes, taverns and barber shops. The covers of the symphonies were decorated with paintings, mosaics and engravings.

    Music box

    In the 19th century, manufacturers of musical devices often went to the trick. In order not to pay patent royalties, they slightly changed the appearance of the product and gave it a different name. For example, a symphony was called both a musical box and a melody.

    The Children's Art Gallery of Samara has such a music box, it was assembled at the factory of Johann Philipp Müller. The mechanism is started using the handle on the right side of the case. A flat drawer slides out at the back - removable disks with music were stored in it. The lid of the case was decorated with wooden mosaics: a bouquet of flowers was laid out using the marquetry technique, from thin veneer of different colors and textures.

    The Symphonion did not last long on the music device market. He could not reproduce his voice, so at the beginning of the 20th century he was supplanted by the gramophone - a device that played records.


    In the Museum of the family of Emperor Nicholas II in Tobolsk you can see an old Thorens gramophone. The imperial family was exiled to this city in 1917. For some time they were allowed to use luxury items, so this gramophone was sent from Tsarskoye Selo to the exiled Romanovs.

    Gramophones first appeared in Switzerland. Since 1883, the mechanic Herman Thorens has been making music boxes and watches, and since 1903 he began to produce devices that could reproduce not only melodies, but also the voice of a person. Soon his gramophones were recognized as one of the best in Europe.

    The case is made of lacquered wood, and inside the box there is a spring motor. It sets in motion a special vertical shaft, on which the plate is attached.

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