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Russian Sailor's Dance

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Russian Sailor's Dance

Reinhold Glière arr. Merle J. Issac (New York, NY: Carl Fischer, 1940).






Essential Questions & Information about Russian Sailors Dance


What cultural and historical facts to do we know about the song?

This piece is based on the Russian folk song "Yablochko," or "Little Apple" in Russian. The song has 8 verses, and is a pre-Russian revolution song. It talks about allying with the Bolsheviks, supporting Vladimir Lenin, and embracing the communist regime.


Verses Original Russian Russian Transliteration English Translation
Verse 1
Эх, яблочко,                
Куда ты котишься?
Ко мне в рот попадешь -
Не воротишься. .

Jeh, jablochko,

Kuda ty kotish'sja?

Ko mne v rot popadesh'

Ne vorotish'sja.

Little Apple,

Where are you going to?

You'll get into my mouth and never come back

Verse 2
"Эх, яблочко,              
На тарелочке. .
Надоела мне жена,
Пойду к девочке.

Jeh, jablochko,
Na tarelochke.
Nadoela mne zhena,
Pojdu k devochke.

Little Apple

Is on the plate.

I am tired of my wife

I will go to young girl

Verse 3
Эх, яблочко,                
Не ходи за мной, буржуй,
Я вся красная.

Jeh, jablochko,
Ne hodi za mnoj, burzhuj,
Ja vsja krasnaja.

Oh, Little apple,

Pineapple kind.

Do not follow me, bourgeois,

I am with Bolsheviks

Verse 4
Пароход плывет  -            
Вода кольцами.
Будем рыбу кормить
Parohod plyvet -
Voda kol'cami.
Budem rybu kormit'

The steamboat is going,

The water makes rings

We will feed the fish

With Volunteers

Verse 5
Эх, яблочко,                
С боку зелено,
Надоел мне Колчак -
Хочу Ленина.
Jeh, jablochko,
S boku zeleno,
Nadoel mne Kolchak -
Hochu Lenina.

Oh little apple,

Green on the side.

I am tired of Kolchak,

I want Lenin instead

Verse 6
Эх, яблочко,                
Колчаковская власть
Jeh, jablochko,
Kolchakovskaja vlast'

Little apple is rolling.

The Kolchak's regime

Has fallen apart.

Verse 7
Эх, яблочко,                
Комиссарская власть -

Jeh, jablochko,
Komissarskaja vlast'

Oh little apple,

Made of Tin

The comissar's regime is damned.

Verse 8
Коммунист молодой          
Зачем женишься?
Придет Нестор Махно -
Куда денешься?
Kommunist molodoj
Zachem zhenish'sja?
Pridet Nestor Mahno -
Kuda denesh'sja?

Young communist,

Why do you get married?

Nestor Makhno will get back

You are in big trouble!






























































What is the song like when sounded by traditional instruments/voices?

This song is originally written for Russian folk instruments including the Bayan (Russian Accordion) and the Balaika.  Typically there is a lot of improvisation in the original theme of the song, and it turns into a virtuosic set of variations. It also has an easy four beat pattern to dance to, that gets faster overall. 





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Audio Sources


  1. 3 Bayans playing the original song, Yablonchka http://retro.samnet.ru/music/phono/waltz/jablochko.mp3
  2. Russian Sailor's Dance, Orchestra Unknown (USSR) - Russian Sailors Dance.mp3
  3. Russian Sailor's Dance, Delta Youth Orchestra http://delta-youth-orchestra-russian-sailors-da-mp3-download.kohit.net/_/173664
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