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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

X is for Xylophone Soloist in Moscow

One of the most energetic musicians we've ever seen was this amazing young percussionist performing with the Russian Folk Orchestra Moskva when we visited Moscow during our August vacation.
He played a traditional wooden xylophone (the Greek word for wood is xylon) so fast, and moved so fast,  and so did the conductor, most of our photos of them were out of focus (see second photo).


© Richard Schear photos, above
Bolshoi Hall, the main performance auditorium of the Moscow Conservatory where, in recent times there has been a movement by musicologists to study and reproduce authentic folk music in an authentic performance style on the concert stage. Photo courtesy of Mr. Google.

Posted for the letter X
at ABC Wednesday
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20 comments:

Barb said...

Great shots. It's ok for the hands to be blurry as it shows just how fast they were moving. Interesting blog entry. Happy New Year.

Gigi Ann said...

I have always enjoyed Xylophone music. I was always buying the toy ones for my kids when they were young. I think I had more fun with the toy Xylophone than my kids ever did. heehee.

Kathy said...

Great choice!

Roger Owen Green said...

Love the xylophone. Often a kid's first musical toy, but people with Xpertise are amazing!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Catfish Tales said...

I spent a teaching year at MSU, working as a visiting prof for the department of foreign faculty. While there I spent many a day - and evening - at the various city events such as the state conservatory, and the Bolshoi on the days I was lucky enough to get tickets. How wonderful you got to see and hear such a performance. There are some very fine musicians performing in Moscow.

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed the post. some of those players can really move.

Ann said...

My school's music director has lots of xylophone, and kids love it. I inherited a simple one and let the kids use it as a game.

Brian Miller said...

i bet that was pretty amazing to watch!

Linda said...

Excellent capture

Linda
ABC Wednesday Team

Wanda said...

The pictures are lovely, and I could almost hear the music.

Nice idea for X.

Happy New Year.

chubskulit said...

I played xylophone in High School. Nice captures Kay!

X-mas or Christmas, which one do you approve of? May you have a prosperous new year!

Paula Scott said...

I'd say that there is no stone left unturned in your travels! Wow-an actual xylophone concert!

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent - love the sound of a well played xylophone. Nice photos, to be sure.

lotusleaf said...

Interesting X post.

Kay said...

Have an Xtra special happy day, Kay!!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I like the way you caught the blurred movement of his hands during his performance.

Jo Bryant said...

Wow - what a thing to have seen
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ChrisJ said...

I love authentic folk music and I'm so glad we're getting to hear more and more of it from Europe. Great X post.

jabblog said...

I'm always amazed at xylophone players (xylophonists??)and the speed with which they move. It's difficult enough moving fingers fast let alone extensions of hands!
I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2012 and send a big sloppy kiss from Frodo who really enjoyed his Christmas hug from you:-)

zongrik said...

i was wondering if someone would you THAT x word, and you got a real one for your blog. that's so great

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