Houston Balalaika Society Orchestra Records

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Sheet Music by Emanuil Sheynkman



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Collection Overview

Title: Houston Balalaika Society Orchestra Records, ca. 1977-1995Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/175

Primary Creator: Houston Balalaika Society (1976-)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged in one series: Sheet Music by Emanuil Sheynkman, ca. 1977-1995. These materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Date Acquired: 08/03/2022

Subjects: Balalaika music, Folk music, Manuscripts, Russian Folk Orchestra, Russian Folk Songs

Languages: Russian, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of 10 scores used by the Houston Balalaika Orchestra. The scores are original compositions or arrnagements for Russian folk orchestra by Emanuil Sheynkman.

Biographical Note

The Houston Balalaika Society was formed in 1976 by Charley Rappaport and Steve Wolownik. The Society's orchestra performed for the first time at the Bellaire Arts Festival in Bellaire, Texas in 1977. Later that year, Rappaport and Wolownik moved to Atlanta and in 1978 they established the Balalaika and Domra Association of America. Following Rappaport and Wolownik's departure from Houston, Paul Phillips became the ensemble's director. Phillips was a self-taught musician, working  for NASA as both a microbiologist and neuropsychopharmacologist. Sometime in the 1980s or 1990s, he solicited the noted mandolinist and composer Emanuil Sheynkman to compose a series of compositions for the Houston Balalaika Orchestra. Phillips would remain president of the society and director of the orchestra until his death in 2010. Following this, the ensemble was led by a series of directors that included Michael Skupin, Richard Pickar, Lech Borowicz, Pamela Bingham, John Helton, Sergey Vashchenko, and Vassily Rodionov.

Subject/Index Terms

Balalaika music
Folk music
Manuscripts
Russian Folk Orchestra
Russian Folk Songs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: gift

Acquisition Method: Materials were donated by the Houston Balalaika Society care of Ron Markvan, the historian for the Balalaika and Dorma Association of America.

Other URL: https://sites.google.com/site/houstonbalalaika/home


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Series 1: Sheet Music by Emanuil Sheynkman, ca. 1977-1995Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: "Ancient Russian Romance" score, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Charming Eyes" score, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Expanse of My Homeland" and "Evre' Skaya Rybatskaya u Rybalki" scores, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Geese and Swans", "Hungarian Dance #5", "Na Rybalke" scores, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Orlovskaya" score, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Promenade" and "Village Dawns" scores, undatedAdd to your cart.

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