Were born, "Moscow Nights", or why the Soviet authors were in the Guinness Book of Records

• How were born, "Moscow Nights", or why the Soviet authors hit the Guinness Book of Records

July 23 marks the 101 years since the birth of Mikhail Matusovskiy - songwriter, author of "How to start a Homeland", "School Waltz", "the nameless uplands," "Old Maple", "Vologda" and many other well-known songs. Well, the most famous in the world of its song that gets into the Guinness Book of Records - is "Moscow Nights."

Were born, Were born,

Authors songs * Moscow Nights * Matusovsky M. and V. Soloviev-Gray

This song could hear not only the world but also in the USSR. The circumstances of its writing were humdrum: in 1955 at the studio of documentary films mounted picture of the Olympics. In order to attract the audience's attention to athletics, in those days, is not too popular, we decided to accompany the movie songs. For this to work attracted famous writers: a composer V. Soloviev-Sedov and poet M. Matusovskiy. They wrote two rhythmic songs and lyrical one - for the rest of the episode athletes before an important stage of the competition. For it is just handy tune has long been written Solovyov-gray and abandoned due to the fact that the author did not like.

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M. Matusovsky, Mark Bernes and V. Soloviev-Gray

Officials just was not "hacked" a song lyric: its content and "vyalovataya" melody line with sports events, but still decided to leave her. Execute it offered Mark Bernes, but he refused: "Well, what kind of song that can be heard and not heard? And what is the river - it moves, it does not move? ". Soloviev-Gray joked: "Yes, normally a brilliant song." Time has shown that he was right.

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lyrics Artist * Moscow Nights * V. Troshin

The first "Moscow Nights" played the soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Yevgeny Kibkalo. A film about the Olympics it sounds performed by singer and actor of Moscow Art Theater Vladimir Troshin. He long had to beg the authors give him the opportunity to sing it. Troshin When I first heard this melody, the composer asked, what kind of song. What Soloviev-Gray said: "Rubbish song. I do not get it from me. The basket will. Mournful, sad, melancholy. " And yet, the song was included in the film, but then it is really no one noticed.

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At that time, if the song was played in the film, it was recorded in the Radio Fund. And once Troshin called and invited to record. The next morning, after the premiere of the song on the radio, it finally noticed and remembered. But the real success came in the USSR after the "Moscow Nights" performed at the international competition of songs in the VI World Festival of Youth and Students. Soloviev-Gray then relied on his other song - "If the guys all the earth," but suddenly the gold medal he received for "Moscow Nights." So the song received-Union.

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The poet-songwriter M. Matusovsky

Soon we learned the tune and abroad. After a tour in the USSR young American pianist Van Cliburn often played piano presentation of "Moscow Nights", always with the same success. And in 1964 in Italy at the international competition Soviet opera singer Anatoly Solovyanenko took second place with the song. In the same year, "Moscow Nights" became the call sign radio station "Mayak".

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Composer Soloviev-Gray

Director Eldar Ryazanov said: "Even if Matusovsky wrote the text only one song" Moscow Nights ", he is still in his lifetime could put a monument." Poet M. Aliger recalled that during a trip to Venice with a group of Soviet writers, they decided to take a ride on a gondola, gondolier Matusovsky asked to perform any popular song from them, and he suddenly began to sing "Moscow Nights." M. Matusovsky admitted: "I must admit, I was pleased to meet with the" Moscow Nights "and the sultry, not cool, even in the night streets of African cities, Hiroshima and tragic, and hospitable homes of our friends in the Philippines."

Were born,

The poet-songwriter M. Matusovsky

In 1980, the World Service of Moscow Radio conducted a survey of residents of different countries in order to identify the three most popular Russian songs abroad. Listeners called the "Katyusha", "Kalinka" and "Moscow Nights." But in a survey of radio listeners "Lighthouse" in the late 1990s. this song has been recognized as one of the top 10 songs of the twentieth century. By the number of performances of "Moscow Nights" hit the Guinness Book of Records.