A personal statement from Anton Belov, founder and proprietor of www.RussianArtSong.Com:
I was born in Moscow and lived there until the age of 16. I treasure my heritage, I treasure Russian music, poetry, and art. I spent most of my professional career propagating Russian culture in the United States by performing and teaching its great vocal literature. Yet today, I feel deeply ashamed and deeply saddened. The indiscriminate murder in Ukraine is simply unfathomable! It is a war that pitted a brother against brother, a war that is as irrational as it is unprovoked, and it is simply evil. I stand with Ukraine and its heroic, Putin-defying people. I urge everyone to do whatever they can to ameliorate the plight of the Ukrainian people and to donate to the refugee relief agency of their choice.
FANS of RUSSIAN ART SONG: perhaps now, is not the best time to program Russian vocal literature. In fact, I encourage you to explore Ukrainian Art Song, a rich and almost entirely unknown repertoire! You can find more resources here:
Welcome to the world of Russian Art Song!
IPA transcriptions and word-for-word translations
Song lyrics read by a native speaker
Multimedia online diction manuals
Vintage common domain sound recordings
Please note that this site is being constantly updated. If you cannot find a particular translation/IPA, please contact us and the songs will be posted promptly.
Russian Romantic Art Song
An Anthology of 31 Songs with Translations and IPA
Compiled and Edited by Anton Belov
by Edmund Dulac
A Musical Journey Through the Life of a Great Poet
We respect international copyright laws, the rights of music publishers and recording companies.
We do not host any audio recordings on our site. Instead, we provide direct links to vintage recordings hosted by sites in Russia.
For musical scores we recommend www.classicalvocalrep.com.
A mobile app for Russian Diction produced in collaboration with www.SingersBabel.com
is currently available for download: