Who wrote the Soviet national anthem?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Tim Raffey, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. Tim Raffey

    Tim Raffey Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 20, 1999
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    I just want to clear something up. I've heard that it was written by Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Mikhalkov (the father of Nikita Mikhalkov & Andrei Konchalovski, who the imdb says wrote the lyrics).

    Did Prokofiev write the music? I kind of want to know, as it's probably one of my favourite pieces of Classical music (and I guess, due to its evil connotations during the Cold War [which I just missed the brunt of], it never really became a respected piece of music in North America...or maybe it did and I just wasn't paying attention). Thanks.
  2. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

    Oct 5, 1998
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    No the music was written by the founder and leader of the Red Army Band and Chorus, Alexander Alexandrov, whose son conducted the ensemble when I saw it around 1990. Sergei Mikhalkov did write the lyrics. The anthem was written at the outbreak of WWII: prior to that time the USSR had no anthem because it viewed itself not so much as a nation as instead a center of world revolution.
    You might like this CD. I have it and greatly recommend it.

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