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Meeting of Frontiers: Digital Collections

The U.S. Library of Congress and the Russian State Library

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This collection of 25 full scores of popular songs sung by Siberian native peoples and Russian settlers in the late tsarist and early Soviet periods is part of a larger exhibit, The Meeting of Frontiers, on the relationship between Russia and the United States. The scores range in date from the early 1900s through 1995 and include songs about criminals, weddings, and other aspects of day-to-day Russian life. Although some scores are only three pages in length, others are between 40 and 80 pages and include many different songs, such as “Pesni Nganasan” and “20 narodnykh pesen Sibiri dlia odnogo golosa v soprovozhdenii fortepiano.” All scores are viewable in high enough quality to allow the viewer to read the notes and play the music. In addition, the scores have an illustrated title page and are often accompanied by identifying notes, such as the song titles in the larger scores. The site’s text is presented in both Russian and English, though the lyrics in the scores are available only in Russian.

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