Skomorokhs in Rus‘

The main figures of this program are art performers and musicians of medieval Rus‘ – skomorokhs. Their activity is widely represented in monuments of literature, fine art and historical records. The lyrics of the songs were kept, however the original music of skomorohs was lost. Today for the reconstruction of the music ‘Drolls’ combines the original lyrics and samples of genres that are similar to skomorokhs: cock and bull stories, dance tunes, hymeneal songs, folk tales, instrumental tunes. About twenty authentic instruments prevailed in Rus‘ in the 16th-17th centuries are used for the performance of the program. All the songs are in Russian.