Today we’ll sing a dreamy and melancholic melody from 1896, one of the Russian Art Songs my grandfather, a veteran of WWII, a retired lieutenant colonel, used to play on an old out of tune bayan (button accordion). It stayed with me for all these years and I even chose it as a central musical moments in a production of of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage in The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where I was Music Director in 2013. I’ll tell you about that moment which was funny and sad at the same time. Hear Vadim Kozin’s interpretation of this beautiful romance here. File for today: The weeping willows Dremlut Plakuchia Ivy