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Medvedeff's Balalaika Orchestra


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Russian Folk Music
Nicholas Medvedeff formed his Balalaika Orchestra in 1919 from among Russian refugees, all men wounded in the war, calling it the Corps de Balalaika. The following year he appeared at the Coliseum, and a Stoll tour followed. They appeared at Oddenino's for six months and then did concert-party tours. In 1923 they came on the air and have been broadcasting ever since. The Corps de Balalaika assumed its present title when Medvedeff joined Lydia Kyasht in 1924. He toured with her for three years.
Medvedeff is the one person in this country to be in possession of an extensive library of Russian Balalaika music, both old and new. He has no fewer than 200 printed scores and has arranged, altogether, over fifteen hundred pieces, including one hundred of his own compositions.
Today's presentation is made by Medvedeff from his enormous selection of Russian music, which has taken many years to collect.


Unknown: Nicholas Medvedeff
Unknown: Lydia Kyasht

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Medvedeff's Balalaika Orchestra

Regional Programme London, 27 May 1938 13.00

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