A work for the annual Rietveld Uncut event at Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. The theme of the event was “Voice – Creature of Transition”.
Exhibition March 19 – March 23 2014 in De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam http://www.brakkegrond.nl/programma/1329
Brief history of the Voice of the National Anthem of USSR/Russia
1930-s A.Alexandrov composes the music
1944 – 1955 Anthem lyrics contain praises to Stalin
1955 – 1970 Anthem is performed wordless
1971 – 1990 Anthem lyrics celebrate the glory of Soviet Union
1990 – 2000 New Russia, new music, wordless Anthem
2000 – present USSR Anthem is back. New lyrics celebrate the glory of Russia
The video uses footage of The Swan Lake ballet (music by Chaykovsky, performance by Kirov National ballet, found on youtube) and music of the National Anthem of USSR (recording of 1944 and a modern version, via muzofon.com).