Dance will return to three four time signature

Three Four Time Signature is Called for by the Oquaga Spirit

Three Four Time Signature Called for by the Oquaga Spirit. There is a hidden place where life is still beautiful. Water is crystal clear. It is drinkable with minimal filtration. A spirit hovers on the lake and surrounding area. I was most fortunate. The spirit took a liking to me. It accompanied me on walks through the woods and over the mountains. As I say in one of my poems, called The Oquaga Spirit: “So much she needed an ear, she ignored my tranquility.”  Who is this spirit? I sensed it was a female from the Lennie Lenape American Indians. At one time their domain was also around the lake. Women ruled the roost. What characterized this spirit?

The Oquaga Spirit even spoke of triple meters.
My wife and myself lived for many summer seasons on Oquaga lake. This cottage is called the “Birches”. We enjoyed the lake view while dining on the back porch.


Dancing Near You

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Triple Meters and Dance
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  • First and foremost: It loves music. At 4:30 P.M. a showboat went around the lake. The guests sang with gusto as it circled its perimeters.
  • The spirit loves ballroom dancing. As a matter of fact, it inspired our ballroom dancing CD, Dancing Near You. We had ballroom dance instructors from all over the country offering their thoughts. I wrote down the music. My wife Sharon was the arranger.
  • It loves wisdom and knowledge. Many of the blogs on were communicated to me by this Indian spirit.
  • The Indian spirit was a great advocate the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It did not like contrary people.

What the Oquaga Spirit Said About Three Four Time Signature

The spirit dictated my poetry book, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks, in triple time signature. The poem I quote is Nature Loves to Waltz. Its concluding quatrain is:

Man likes duple meters
His triple meters wane.
Return ye to the waltzes of Vienna
And the vibrant boleros of Spain.

So what is my poetic plan? Simply, to tour the world reciting the wisdom of the Oquaga Spirit. Also, I have a few openings for piano lessons in Sarasota. Here is a free poetry sample on youtube. May the spirit be with you!

The Oquaga Spirit Speaks – YouTube
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Dance will return to three four time signature

Triple Meter Has All But Disappeared

Triple Meter Has All But Disappeared. I refer to music beats per measure. Waltzes are in triple meter. You count 1-2-3 over and over. They are scarce. They are also memorable. For example we have Piano Man and You Light Up My Life.  Two more are Take it to the Limit  and Morning Has Broken.  I would venture to conservatively guess that perhaps 1 in 5,000 popular selections that get air time today are  written in triple meter. According to Wikipedia, it  is a musical meter characterized by a primary division of 3 beats to the bar, usually indicated by 3 (simple) or 9 (compound) in the upper figure of the time signature.

Compound triple drum pattern: divides each of three beats into three About this sound Play 

Simple triple metre beat on rock drum kit[1] About this sound play 

Triple meter is much less common in traditions such as rock & roll and jazz. The most common time in rock, blues, country, funk, and pop is duple and quadruple.[1]

Duple and quadruple meter are sharp and angular. A conductor uses angular strokes of his baton in 2/4 and 4/4. For example, 2/4 is conducted with an angular up and down motion for one and two. Triple meter, on the other had can be conducted with circles or curves.  A circle is completed with each set of 1-2-3 beats.  Let’s apply meter to yang and yin. Duple and quadruple meters are yang. Triple meters are yin. What does this mean for society? Yang is male. With 4/4 or 2/4 meter, the male mostly dominates. While in 3/4 the yin or female becomes more dominant. We are about to see a massive return dominant 3/4 meter. It will be the age of the glorification for the ladies.

Our Drinking Song From the Princess and the Peasant Uses Triple Meter with a Quadruple Meter  Introduction

As men and women come together to waltz, yin and yang become balanced. In so many dances, since the Strauss father and son composers, contact is scarce. However, trends are cyclic. The waltz will return in a big way. I am currently playing piano at the Crab and Fin in Sarasota. Deliberately, I pump a lot of 3/4 time out of the piano. Then, from Christmas to Easter I will be at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Fl. Of course, I plan to play 3/4 time. This includes many Strauss waltzes. Watch for more posts of my original music in 3/4 time on youtube. The Princess and the Peasant is about to make a big splash. Also, off- season, I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.
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Rachmaninoff Versus Editor

Rachmaninoff Versus Editor – Who is Right?

Rachmaninoff Versus Editor – Who is Right? It was the early 1920’s. My piano teacher took an audition to study piano with Sergei Rachmaninoff. The gist of the audition was this: Rachmaninoff was too busy giving concerts and composing to take on any students. But, he gave my piano instructor, Mischa Kottler, a letter of recommendation. The letter was addressed to Alfred Cortôt.  Who was Alfred Cortôt? Alfred Denis Cortôt (born Nyon, 26 September 1877; died Lausanne, 15 June 1962) was a FrenchSwiss pianist and conductor. He is one of the most famous 20th century musicians. He was especially known for his playing of piano music by 19th century Romantic composers such as Chopin and Schumann. He formed a piano trio with the violinist Jacques Thibaud and the cellist Pablo Casals.  Now back to Rachmaninoff versus Editor.

Picture of of Alfred Cortot. Thanks to Rachmaninoff, my piano instructor studied under Alfred Cortot.

For Mischa Kottler’s audition, he played Rachmaninoff’s 3rd piano concerto for the composer. Sergei told Mischa after he finished: “That’s not how the editor marked the phrasing in the music!” Mischa told me at one of my piano lessons that he replied to Sergei:”I know. But I heard you play the concerto in concert. You did it the way I played it for you!”

Rachmaninoff Versus Editor …. The Composer Wins and so Does Mischa Kottler

Rachmaninoff Versus Editor
My Instructor, Mischa Kottler, Studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris and Emil von Sauer, a pupil of Liszt, in Vienna.
 Rachmaninoff was so impressed, he wrote the letter.  Mischa studied with Cortôt in Paris. Then he went to Vienna and studied with Emil von Sauer. That launched him on a successful piano career. He consequently became the official pianist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mischa headed the piano department at Wayne State University. I took lessons with him for 5 years at WSU. He taught about 50 piano students with full one hour lessons.  He was the music director of WJR in Detroit. He raised many successful students. Now I (blogger David Ohrenstein) am offering piano lessons in Sarasota, Fl. From Dec. 20- April 1 2017. I will play in Boca Grande, Fl. This will be at the Gasparilla Inn. Their vintage Steinway Grand was just rebuilt for me. Larry Keckler rebuilt it with new Steinway parts direct from Germany. Hope to see you there!
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numerical rhyme is even found in nursery rhymes.

Numerical Rhyme -is there Such a Thing in Physics?

Numerical Rhyme -is there Such a Thing in Physics? Numbers are easy to identify. But how can they rhyme?  With words, rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more lines.  They often occur  in the final syllables of lines in poems and songs.[1] The word rhyme is also a pars pro toto (“a part (taken) for the whole”) that means a short poem. This includes a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes. For my blog,  In  Greek  it is ἀριθμός arithmos “number”.  Poetry also derives from the Latin rhythmus.  Rhythm defines the beats in poetry.  The Greek word is ῥυθμός (rhythmosrhythm).[13][14]

As with most products of oral tradition, there are many variations to the Bo-Peep rhyme. The most common modern version is:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
and doesn’t know where to find them;
leave them alone, And they’ll come home,
wagging their tails behind them.[1]

Thus, rhyme uses the same sound in a definite pattern. Often it comes at the end of the 1st and third lines. With Bo-Peep “find them” and “behind them” make the pattern. They are in lines 2 and 4.

Numerical Rhyme in Fission and Fusion

Here are a couple of facts to help illuminate the topic in physics:

  • First, the higher end of the spectrum. Radioactive elements with a higher atomic number than lead breakdown to lead-82
  • Next, the lower end of the spectrum.  On stars, elements lighter than iron fuse up to iron. It has an atomic number of 26. When enough iron forms at the core of the star, then the star  explodes.  That explosion makes other heavier elements.
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Could they be witnessing an exploding star?

So Where is Numerical Rhyme in Fusion and Fission?

Take iron. It is the ash of nuclear fusion. This was described above. Iron has an atomic weight of 56.  This primary isotope of iron has 26 protons and 30 neutrons.  Each proton is balanced by an electron.  Total these primary particles. We have 26 protons + 30 neutrons + 30 electrons = 82 primary particles. By number, 82 defines the number of protons in lead. I most point out a parallel situation with ancient number squares. There are a number of rhyming number squares. Here, we will (1) look at the 5 x 5. Then (2) compare it to the 8 x 8.

  1. Any straight row of numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 260. Any two opposite numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 26.
  2. Any two opposite numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 65. Any straight row of numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 65.
  3. The square perimeter are the numbers that outline any number square. On the 5 x 5 number square the total is 208.
  4. The total of all the numbers on the 8 x 8 number square is 2080

Conclusion: The ancient 5 x 5 and 8 x 8 number squares are in rhyme. So are lead and iron as explained above. Therefore, there is numerical rhyme in both mathematics and physics. Our ancestors knew this. Isn’t it about time we caught up? Perhaps it may lead us down a path of peace?



Periodic Chart Harmony

Periodic Chart Harmony Favors the Octave Interval

Periodic Chart Harmony Favors the Octave Interval. In music, an octave (Latinoctavus: eighth) or perfect octave is the interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency. It is defined by ANSI[2] as the unit of frequency level when the base of the logarithm is two. The octave relationship is a natural phenomenon that has been referred to as the “basic miracle of music”, the use of which is “common in most musical systems”.[3]

pyramiding dots point to the 3 x 3 number square grid and the periodic chart
T-1 is the unison. T-2 is the 2:1 octave ratio. Other harmonies are for future blogs.

So where is the periodic chart harmony of the octave?

Here is a quote from blog #400. It is also about the periodic chart.

  • The system begins with hydrogen-1. The next vertical element is Lithium-3. So, 3-1 = 2. This is the first coding number on the chart.
  • Lithium is atomic number 3. Sodium is 11.  By subtraction 11 – 3 = 8. Sodium has 8 more protons than lithium.
  • Potassium has 19 protons. Sodium has 11. We see another 8 protons by subtraction. As, 19 – 11 = 8.
  • Next, Rubidium has 37 protons. Potassium has 19. We have our 1st 18 proton difference:  37 – 19 = 18.
  • Cesium is atomic number 55. Rubidium is atomic number 37. Thus, 55 -37 = 18.
  • That is followed by a 32 proton number difference. Francium is atomic number 87. Cesium is 55. Thus, 87 – 55 is a 32 number difference.
  • GaffuriusTheorica musicae (1492)

The chart finds periodic or repeating properties with atomic numbers 2, 4, 18, and 32. The first vertical row sets the pattern. Periodic chart harmony is found with these numbers. Simply write the 2 to 1 interval of the octave as follows. 2/1,   4 /2,   6/3,   8/4. The number of each fraction expresses an octave when multiplied as:

  • 2 x 1 = 2
  • 4 x 2 = 8
  • 6 x 3 = 18
  • 8 x 4 = 32.

Blogs on are attempting to place our planet in harmony with the cosmos. Pythagoras saw the basic unity of music with our world. He defined it by string lengths. If one string was 2 x as long as the other, the shorter sounded an octave higher to the longer.  An octave is (1) The most harmonious interval. It is also the most “perfect” of the perfect intervals. (2) It is also the first overtone in the series of overtones.  Why not take the musical view of our cosmos? For those who are interested, I’m offering piano lessons in Sarasota.



Periodic Chart Harmony

Hidden Periodic Chart Knowledge in God’s Primary Names

Hidden Periodic Chart Knowledge in God’s Primary Names. In Genesis God has two primary names.  The documentary hypothesis proposes that the Torah was compiled from various original sources, two of which (the Jahwist and the Elohist) are named for their usual names for God (YHWH and Elohim respectively). The Creator name was Elohim. The name revealed to Moses was YHWH.  Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. There was no separate number system. This is called by a Greek word, gematria. Thus, each name of the Deity has a numerical equivalent.

  • Elohim in Hebrew = 86. The spelling of elohim with Hebrew letters right to left  is alef (1); lamed (30); hei (5); yud (10); and mem (40). Their sum is 1 + 30 + 5 + 10 + 40 = 86
  • YHWH in Hebrew = 26. The name of God used most often in the Hebrew Bible is YHWH[n 1] י ה ו ה

The Hebrew letters right to left are :yud for(10) hei (5) (vav) 6 and hei (5). Their sum is  10 + 5 + 6 + 5 = 26.

Hidden Periodic Chart in the Names of God Decoded

The periodic table is a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements.   They are ordered by their atomic numberelectron configurations, and recurring chemical properties. This ordering shows periodic trends.  Trends include elements with similar behavior in the same column. Let’s take vertical column #1.

  • The system begins with hydrogen-1. The next vertical element is Lithium-3. So, 3-1 = 2. This is the first coding number on the chart.
  • Lithium is atomic number 3. Sodium is 11.  By subtraction 11 – 3 = 8. Sodium has 8 more protons than lithium.
  • Potassium has 19 protons. Sodium has 11. We see another 8 protons by subtraction. As, 19 – 11 = 8.
  • Next, Rubidium has 37 protons. Potassium has 19. We have our 1st 18 proton difference:  37 – 19 = 18.
  • Cesium is atomic number 55. Rubidium is atomic number 37. Thus, 55 -37 = 18.
  • That is followed by a 32 proton number difference. Francium is atomic number 87. Cesium is 55. Thus, 87 – 55 is a 32 number difference.

The primary vertical coding numbers on the periodic chart become 2, 8,18 and 32. The question now becomes how do we find 26 and 86 of God’s primary names in a coherent fashion by just using these numbers in sequence fashion? Consider the following:

  • (8 + 18) = 26 (YHWH)
  • (2 + 8) + (8 + 18) + (18 + 32) = 86. (Elohim).  By this pattern, Elohim even duplicates the double number sequence of the periodic chart. Thus God in the Torah is conceived by the same order as the perioid chart.

How did the hidden periodic chart happen?   Many conclusions pose more questions than they answer. For example: Was there an advanced civilization like Atlantis? Did their survivors see to it that knowledge was set in the Torah? Or, did aliens set the periodic code into the Torah? Finally: Is this co-incidence is an example of  the wisdom and power of the Almighty?


Music prolongs life and enjoyment

Music Prolongs Life of Rubinoff and His Violin

Music Prolongs Life of Rubinoff and His Violin. I used the featured picture of the Gypsy Kings because they convey the joyfulness of older musicians in general. With music, all enjoy perpetual youth.  My featured older musician is David Rubinoff.  Dave Rubinoff (September 3, 1897, GrodnoRussian Empire, now Belarus – October 6, 1986),[1] was a popular concert  violinist who was also known for his  Stradivarius violin. He purchased it in 1929 for $100,000. Now it is priceless.

Music Prolongs Life of those who engage in the art.
Dave Rubinoff, myself, and “The Clock of Life.”

I worked with Dave over a 15 year period. This was in the capacity of arranging and piano accompanying. This blog story has an air of mysticism. It doesn’t seem possible. It raises a question: Can music bring someone back from the edge of death’s door? First, I must explain the pocket watch Dave Rubinoff is holding in the above picture. I am standing next to him. Will Rogers and he were best of friends. Will gave him the pocket watch. Will had a poetry excerpt by Robert H. Smith engraved on back. It is called The Clock of Life. Dave read the poem at every concert to an appreciative audience.

The Clock of Life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
The present only is our own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.”

Music Prolongs Life of Rubinoff for our Pittsburgh Concert

Darlene Rubinoff, documented her husbands life in the book, Dance of the Russian Peasant. He dictated the book in general to her. She gave it the finishing touches. I now quote: “I was 88 years old. Don Baretti book me on a concert. It was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. I had just been released from the hospital after suffering from pneumonia.”  Darlene told me (David Ohrenstein) “I’m afraid you’ll have to do this concert by yourself.”

Music prolongs life at our Pittsburgh Concert
Out concert in Pittsburgh was a proud moment for me.

The rest of the story goes: I had flown in to Columbus, Ohio so we could practice the concert. Rubinoff stated: “”I summoned all my strength, got out of bed, dressed and was standing, violin in hand when Dave and Darlene arrived from the airport.” Here’s he’s enthusiasm: He said to me- We”ll start with Fiddler on the Roof not waiting for him (me) to remove his jacket. He smiled shook my hand, and we began to practice.”

” Darlene made me sit down for the rest of our practice. I was just out of the hospital three days, suffering from pneumonia. I was still spitting blood.”

How did  the concert at Pittsburgh Wintergarden Plaza end? Literally, the audience went wild with applause. Rubinoff lived. We gave many more concerts together. Yes, music prolongs life!  Learn to play. By the way,  I have room for 1 or 2 piano students in Sarasota.



Platonic solid transformation by numbers

Platonic Solid Transformation by Common Numbers

Platonic Solid Transformation by Common Numbers. There are 5 regular polyhedrons. They have a special property called duality. In geometry, any polyhedron is associated with a second dual figure. The vertices of one correspond to the faces of the other. The edges between pairs of vertices of one correspond to the edges between pairs of faces of the other.[1] There are only 5 dual regularly polyhedrons. A 6th cannot be constructed.

Platonic Solid Transformation- Here it is:

The cube and octahedron are dual. Note the 6 corners of the octahedron. All 6 corners can be inscribed mid-face in the cube. The opposite construction is also true. The cube has 8 corners. It can be inscribed in the 8 faces of the octahedron. Note the equivalency on the featured picture of the cube and octahedron. Eight faces of the octahedron become the 8 corners of the cube. Six faces of the cube become the six corners of the octahedron. Here is where we challenge the mind of modern man. With the regular polyhedrons, numbers carry the essence of geometry. The cube and octahedron, they seemingly transform corners to edges as if by magic. In the process an octahedron becomes a cube. Or, in reverse, a cube becomes an octahedron. In the exact same way, the icosahedron is dual to the dodecahedron. The 12 faces of the dodecahedron become the 12 corners of the cube. The 20 faces of the icosahedron become the 20 corners of the dodecahedron. In these  two pairs of examples, numbers become the vehicles of geometrical exchange. Thus, numbers have an even higher reality than geometry. Pythagoras was correct.

Sir William SmithDictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870, p. 620).[9]since other things seemed in their entire nature to be formed in the likeness of numbers, and in all nature numbers are the first.  They supposed the elements of numbers to be the elements of all things“.  Pythagoreans recognized in numbers the inherent basis of things. From the common conviction that it was in numbers and their relations they were to find principles of knowledge. They regarded the principles of numbers as the absolute principles of things.

The tetrahedron is the glaring exception. This Platonic solid transformation is self-dual. It is dual to itself. When faces and corners reverse, another tetrahedron is formed. Only, it is up-side-down. Below is a picture of how this self dual figure outlines the boundaries of the cube. The tetrahedron has 4 corners, 6 edges and 4 faces. On purpose, the tetrahedron topological features are coded in the Hebraic spelling of the name, David. Hebrew: דָּוִד

With David, dalet is the symbol for 4. Vav is the symbol for 6. And we have a 2nd dalet for another 4. In Hebrew the letters doubled as numbers. So it also alludes to the 1st and only unchageable polyhedron. It does not transform. It is only reversed.

Finally, note the total number degrees of the 5 solids in the featured picture. It is 14,400. That numbers the feet in a megalithic mile. This is not a coincidence. Ancient wisdom was at least in part based on a thorough understanding of these principles. Is modern man really all that advanced?


Platonic solid transformation
A tetrahedron is the only regular polyhedron that is dual to itself.
Platonic solid transformation is by numbers.
#1 = tetrahedron. #2 = cube. #3 = octahedron. #4 = dodecaedron. # 5 = icosahedron.
Special arranging was shunned by Beethoven

Special Arranging was Not Beethoven’s Cup of Tea!

Special Arranging was Not Beethoven’s Cup of Tea!  Beethoven loved receiving inspiration.  He would stroll in the woods for this purpose.  He also created his music of grand sentiment. For example:  Symphony No.5 deals with the struggle and the joy of victory.  “The Pastoral symphony” represents the expression of the love he held for  for nature.  However, he refused to make special arrangements for specific instruments once the work was composed. Of course, his editors took up the slack. His publishers hired arrangers through their own publishing houses. The end result was Beethoven sold more copies and made more money. This happens when you increase your potential buyers.

What Exactly is Special Arranging?

I will define arranging by a joke. It circulated in the entertainer’s old haven- the Catskill Mountains. Below is a picture of Oquaga Lake, It is perched high in the Catskills.  I was the house pianist at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House for some 17 years. As such, I accompanied many Catskill comedians and professionals.  Harry Carlyle often told this story:

Image result for picture of a canary in a cage
This lucky song bird has an arranger!

“A man walks by a pet shop in the summer. Its windows are open. He hears a canary singing. The man walks in and says to the pet shop owner: “I love the song of this canary. How much does she cost?” The pet shop owner says, “”five dollars”. “That’s all, the man answers, I’ll take her!”. The pet shop owner says,”Wait a minute.” Do you see that ugly, scraggly, looking bird over there? The man answers, “yes”. “The owner says, “When you buy her, you have to buy him. And, he’s $100.00 dollars”. The man looks up in a state of puzzlement: “Why should I buy that ugly, scraggly bird over there for $100.00 when I can have this beautiful songbird for $5.00?” The pet shop own answers: “He’s the arranger!.”


Scott's Oquaga Lake House where I heard this special arranging joke.
Scott’s Oquaga Lake House where I also made many arrangements for comedians, singers, etc.



Incidentally, in between jobs I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.


Banned Music was part of the politics

Banned Music in Old Russia is Featured Our Operetta

Banned Music in  Old Russia is Featured Our Operetta. Wife Sharon and myself (David) wrote a musical.  Once titled Elizabeth of Russia.  Half Peasant – Half Royal is the new name.  We had a marvelous costumed staged reading in Sarasota Florida at the Players Theater.  Below are YouTube videos: The entire cast sings the Drinking Song  (since,more universal lyrics have been penned).  In 1740, ethnic Russian music was banned from court.  As an act of rebellion against the ruling regime, Elizabeth brings in the following entertainment:  The Dance of the Cossacks – performed by principle dancers from the Sarasota Ballet.  And, Dance of The Russian Peasant played on a Stradivarius flown in from Houston.  The link below has composer Rubinoff and his Violin playing that piece.  Sharon wrote the book and lyrics. I wrote the music.  It is copyrighted.

Elizabeth of Russia – Drinking Song – YouTube
Dec 17, 2007 – Uploaded by Rudder3218

Lesley and Ohrenstein’s Elizabeth of Russia follows in the tradition of the great Broadway hits South Pacific …

Elizabeth of Russia – Dance of the Cossacks – YouTubeÊ
Sep 4, 2007 – Uploaded by Rudder3218

Lesley and Ohrenstein’s Elizabeth of Russia follows in the tradition of the great Broadway hits South Pacific …

But first, with regards to the featured medallion picture:   This medallion is dated and signed on the back by Gregory Musikiiskii, the first Russian painter of portrait miniatures. It can be compared to an earlier enamel painting of Peter the Great with his family, now in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, executed by the same artists in 1717. Here, the Russian emperor is depicted together with his wife Catherine, his three daughters Anna, Elizabeth (the future empress and subject of our musical. She is reclining on  her mother.) and Natalia, and his grandson Peter (the future Peter II). Musikiiskii was transferred from the Moscow Kremlin Armory to St. Petersburg to work for the court of Peter the Great, the founder of modern Russia.

What About the Banned Music in Old Russia?

Our new title unravels and hopefully will solve the problems we had with our production.  Elizabeth of Russia, in fact, was half peasant and half royal. She fell in love with a peasant. He was reputed to have one of the most magnificent singing voices in Russia at the time. Unfortunately, the combination of the two together made them 3/4 peasant and 1/4 royal. So what was the problem with Russian secular music?

  • Early czars considered secular music to be a highly suspicious activity. Weapons could easily be hidden in instrumental cases.
  • Thus, no musical instruments of any sort were allowed in church or at court.
  • They instructed peasants to stop singing folk songs. Common people, of course, are the source of folk songs.
  • Troubadours (travelling minstrel singers) were forbidden in old Russia. The czars worried that they would sing seditious songs.
  • Thus, for the ruling elite, the act of Elizabeth falling in love with  “lowborn peasant singer” was unacceptable.

In violation of the above, a case enclosed an authentic Stradivarius violin is brought and is played on stage at a court party.  It has the official crest of the Russian empire. It is set with diamonds and rubies.  The theatrical audience went wild with excitement.  How did we come by it? I worked with Rubinoff and His Violin. His widow, Dame Darlene Rubinoff, flew the violin from Houston. It was the Stradivarius that had previously belonged to Czar Nicholas II. Now for the first time, enjoy Rubinoff himself playing his featured violin solo, Dance of the Russian Peasant. Pictures in this youtube background highlight both his life and his friendship with Sharon and myself. Feel free to share this special post with with friends. We are looking to do a full production.

Rubinoff and his Violin – Dance of the Russian Peasant – YouTube