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Vladimir Shainsky - a bright symbol of the Soviet era

A few days ago the country said farewell to one of the brightest people - symbols of the Soviet era: composer Vladimir Yakovlevich Shainsky. After long approvals, a farewell ceremony with him took place on January 22 at the Moscow House of Composers. Buried composer at Troyekurovsky cemetery.

Perhaps this event went unnoticed on our site for the reason that Shainsky is considered, above all, the author of children's songs. But, first of all, his songs played a huge role in the formation of the personalities of the Soviet people, in educating the younger generation - and this already means a lot to the country. For many people with children's love for these sweet and kind cartoons, in which songs of Shaininsky sounded, love for the Motherland begins. Secondly, he was a man of his Epoch - the great Epoch, when our country not only had tremendous authority in the world, but also could create, without exaggeration, great works for children. It is regrettable to state the fact that after the collapse of the USSR too few high-quality cartoons, feature films, real children's songs that all the children would know.

And thirdly, Shainsky wrote not only children's songs, although many media noted, above all, this side of his work. He also composed music for such a well-known song, such as “A soldier walks through the city,” with the lyrics of Michael Tanich. And take the song “Do not cry, girl, it will rain. The soldier will return, you just wait ”(the words of V. Kharitonov) ... Is it not easier to serve a soldier in the army if he is sure that his beloved will wait for him? With all the gaiety and lyricism, these songs raised the morale of the defenders of the Soviet land.

“If we forget the war” ... Poems by Robert Rozhdestvensky, music by Vladimir Shainsky. The well-known, prophetic song that the memory of the war is needed throughout the Earth ... Unfortunately, after the death of the USSR more and more often blows are made to the most sacred - this historical memory. Maybe that’s how much blood spills in different corners of the globe?

The composer has not so famous songs, but very strong ones. For example, "Adzhimushkay", written in the words of V.Dubrovin. It tells about the Kerch heroes who, during the Great Patriotic War, hid in the Adzhimushkay quarries and from there fought a merciless struggle, inflicted sensitive blows on the occupiers. "Hold on, you are not slain, Adzhimushkay, underground garrison" ...

Vladimir Shainsky was born on December 12 of 1925 in Kiev. When the boy was 11 years old, he began studying at the music school at the Kiev Conservatory - he chose the violin as his musical instrument. Unfortunately, the war began, which turned the life of the family and interrupted their studies. Volodya with his family was evacuated to Tashkent. There he was able to continue his studies at the Tashkent Conservatory. In 1943, he was drafted into the army. He served as a signalman, at the same time he began to compose music.

After the war, Shainsky went to Moscow, where he entered the Tchaikovsky Conservatory to the orchestral department. He worked in the orchestra of Leonid Utesov, taught at the music school. In 1962, he entered the composition department of the Baku Conservatory named after Hajibeyov. Then he went back to Moscow.

Shainsky began his composer's journey with classical music - he created a symphony and a string quartet. But soon he found himself in a completely different genre - in the genre of song. Especially - the nursery. And also in music for films and cartoons: “School Waltz”, “Az, Buki, Vedi”, “Little Raccoon”, “Trash! Hello, Aniskin and Fantomas, Cheburashka, Shapoklyak and many others. Among his works is also the children's opera Troy vs. Marabuk.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the talent of the composer turned out, alas, not to be in much demand. Like the talents of many other creative people. In 2000, Shainsky emigrated to Israel, then moved to the USA. Despite this, he remains our, Soviet, Russian composer, an outstanding son of his homeland. The author of such songs as "Chung-Chang" and "Cruiser Aurora", "Blue Car" and "Together have fun walking", "Crocodile Song Genes" and "Grass, Grass", "Friendship - Freundschaft" and "Going on the BAM train ". These songs reflect our Epoch, an important period in the life of our country, the fun of childhood and the experiences of youth ...

Vladimir Shainsky died December 25 2017 year after a serious illness. And, although it happened in a foreign land (in the USA) - it is very correct that this man found his last refuge in Moscow.
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  1. omit
    omit 24 January 2018 15: 30
    "In 2000, Shainsky emigrated to Israel, then moved to the United States. Despite this, he remains our, Soviet, Russian composer, an outstanding son of his homeland."
    As the composer admitted, many of his tunes were inspired by klezmer. So I doubt very much that he was a Russian composer.
    1. elenagromova
      24 January 2018 16: 28
      And his songs - we will live and we will sing them.
      1. max702
        max702 24 January 2018 17: 03
        I remember him very much in DMB ....
    2. andrej-shironov
      andrej-shironov 24 January 2018 17: 08
      This is envy! It’s a simple human envy that Israel did not give birth to such a children's composer.
    3. GAF
      GAF 24 January 2018 17: 44
      Quote: omit
      So what about the fact that he was a Russian composer, I strongly doubt

      We must pay tribute to the composer, he himself did not hide it. It’s enough to type in Yandex “Shainsky about Russians”. There is something. We write one thing, and we keep the other in mind. Do not rebuke talent. We are all human beings. In drinking, we can say a lot.
      1. elenagromova
        24 January 2018 18: 09
        Well, I found it - The title is, of course, vile, and such a position regarding the death of a person cannot be taken.
        Yes, he spoke on a specific issue, like a typical Jew. However, this does not cancel the one created by him.
        Yes, and wanted to rest - in Russia. In spite of everything ... However, the family had to undergo a number of difficulties because of this - a bad story turned out, they could not bury for almost a month ...
    4. captain
      captain 26 January 2018 17: 47
      Quote: omit
      "In 2000, Shainsky emigrated to Israel, then moved to the United States. Despite this, he remains our, Soviet, Russian composer, an outstanding son of his homeland."
      As the composer admitted, many of his tunes were inspired by klezmer. So I doubt very much that he was a Russian composer.

      I agree with you, he was a great Soviet composer, but not a great Russian composer. Although now they will explain to you that you are bad, our brothers under the red flag.
  2. andrej-shironov
    andrej-shironov 24 January 2018 17: 07
    Vladimir Yakovlevich, let the earth rest in peace for you! I respect you for your children's songs!
  3. SPLV
    SPLV 24 January 2018 17: 32
    Secondly, he was a man of his era

    I can not agree. Left the country.
    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the composer's talent was, alas, not too much in demand.

    It’s not for me to blame, but ... Unfortunately, I don’t know any famous works written by him abroad.
    Perhaps where he lived, there was better medicine, but, in my opinion, this has nothing to do with creativity.
    And the composer was really outstanding.
    1. elenagromova
      24 January 2018 17: 59
      Well, he and abroad could not really find himself. Because he was a man brought up by the Soviet era - and it was in the USSR that the best features of his talent appeared. It was in the USSR that his songs were loved and sang from small to large.
      And the question of medicine, unfortunately, has become very important for him. As for Hvorostovsky. Only Vladimir Yakovlevich, fortunately, at least lived a normal number of years ...
  4. Altona
    Altona 24 January 2018 18: 12
    Quote: omit
    As the composer admitted, many of his tunes were inspired by klezmer. So I doubt very much that he was a Russian composer.

    I, too, didn’t like his children's songs especially. He has a number of good songs, but "let pedestrians run awkwardly through the puddles" directly provoked rejection. And "a soldier is walking around the city" we were tortured in the army. For every occasion they made me sing it. He has the same “Green color in our grass mowed”, quite normal music.
    1. elenagromova
      24 January 2018 18: 26
      I wonder what is being sung "for every occasion" now?
      1. sapporo1959
        sapporo1959 24 January 2018 19: 18
        Although they don’t seem to like her darling, she’s been singing in the ranks for two years, and even now, if I take it on my chest, I’m always ready to do the same ...
  5. Altona
    Altona 24 January 2018 19: 52
    Quote: elenagromova
    I wonder what is being sung "for every occasion" now?

    Judging by Youtube, this is Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.
    1. elenagromova
      24 January 2018 21: 16
      Let it be better to "Go soldier in the city" sing ...
      1. ando_bor
        ando_bor 25 January 2018 22: 33
        Quote: elenagromova
        Let it be better to "Go soldier in the city" sing ...

        They say this song was forbidden, so I had to translate it into Russian, like many of his other songs:

        Rest in peace!
  6. groks
    groks 24 January 2018 20: 48
    There is a legend that once Shainsky publicly ran into Kamanin. He was so imbued with the greatness of Israel that he shouted that they say YOURS are flying there.
    And the songs are good. And when was he real?
    1. elenagromova
      24 January 2018 21: 07
      Firstly, it is a legend, and secondly, even if it is true - well, now focus on this, and not on what the person did? Thirdly - here, no one repressed anyone (and that is, lovers speculate that there was no freedom of speech at all)
      1. groks
        groks 24 January 2018 21: 24
        Matveev and Akhedzhakova also did a lot of things. And then it all crossed out in one day.
        If he didn’t, so would others. After the launch of the Voice program, it became clear that even young children sing better than our "stars". And to adapt the music to the lyrics of children's songs.
        1. elenagromova
          24 January 2018 21: 50
          Akhedzhakova tried too hard ...
          1. groks
            groks 25 January 2018 08: 42
            Nuuu for how long. I only remember the screech "Kill!". And for this she is not eager to repent. However, some comedian supporting artist ... that we knew about her. But Matveev, after his roles, was identified with his characters and then gave out.
            This is why - they are artists, they play one thing, but they keep a fig in their pocket.
  7. parusnik
    parusnik 25 January 2018 08: 00
    And the joke itself, now there are no children’s songs, no children’s films .. I remember in the first grades, they parodied Chung-Chang’s song, the text is true, but nonetheless .. Maybe someone remembers: Chung-chang has three nails in the pope, You can’t pull out the Chung-chang .. I don’t remember everything .. there were a lot of verses .. But the thing is, they parodyed a real work of art ... And what and who can now be parodied? There’s nothing and nobody .. Our pop music itself has turned into a parody. Singing underpants for men and women ... What spiritual can you sing at the table from a remake ..? .. But there is nothing ...
    1. groks
      groks 25 January 2018 09: 03
      We did not pervert over this song. But then Yura issued
  8. andrewkor
    andrewkor 25 January 2018 12: 01
    Such a cheerful uncle! And how Aziza portrayed him, just a masterpiece! "Don’t cry, girl" was our drill song!
  9. raid14
    raid14 26 January 2018 21: 59
    On April 12, on the day of cosmonautics, Shainsky, Zubkov and I performed for the astronauts, and after the concert, Colonel General Comanin took us to a banquet.
    The banquet was also attended by other senior military officials; I especially remember twice the hero of the Soviet Union test pilot with the rank of major general.
    A charming intelligent man with excellent Russian, he told funny stories from the life of testers, touched the Six Day War, praised the skill of Israeli pilots, complained that Soviet pilots had to fight far from their homeland, and many of them were shot down on the Arab-Israeli front.
    Suddenly stood up tipsy Shainsky:
    - We have nothing to fly! If you fly, we will shoot!
    The general was a little dumbfounded by this unexpected statement, but calmly said:
    - We do not choose. According to the oath, we obey the order ...
    “Us,” interrupted Shainsky, emphasizing the word “us,” “your order is not of interest. Fly wherever you want, but we won’t let us climb.
    “We are military people,” the pilot tried to explain, “and we fly to where the command sends us,” but Shainsky bent his:
    - With us you do not fly apart - we will bring down. We will beat off the desire to fight against our state! And you’ll climb again - we’ll destroy it right at Soviet airfields.
    Zubkov and I listened to our usually quiet, charming, and then suddenly reeling around, Shainsky simultaneously with admiration and horror. In our hearts, we agreed with him, but, as the inhabitants of Odessa say, I found time and place. He talked about hard labor for about 25 years, and our term, like listening and not objecting, was ten years.
    Most surprisingly, none of those present hastened to make a fake-patriotic statement proving his love for the Soviet regime; on the contrary, they even seemed to be sympathetic to what Shainsky said.
    “I perfectly understand your position,” said Komanin, “but I am a little surprised by the fact that you wrote so many wonderful Russian songs and live on Israel’s thoughts and feelings.”
    “All my songs are Jewish,” said Shainsky. - This is a Kadisha remade for allegedly Russian songs. Look, - he sat down at the piano and began to play his songs first, and then the corresponding Jewish prayers, explaining in detail how he urged them to the Russian flavor.