DMITRI SLAVIANSKY D’AGRENEFF’S celebrated Russian Choir.
[Printed programme,  1886.]
8vo (205 × 131 mm), printed bifolium; creased where previously folded, a couple of marks; ‘Windsor Castle. 29 June’ in ms. ink to front cover.
Divided into two parts, ‘Historical Songs of Russian Customs and Manners’ and ‘Russian Popular Songs’, the programme featured a number of classic folk-songs, such as ‘Kalinka’, ‘Vniz po matushke po Volge’, and the Song of the Volga Boatmen (‘Ei, ukhnem!’). Agrenev-Slaviansky (1834–1908) had founded his choir in 1868, and toured for many years around Europe and the USA.

According to the Royal Collection website, ‘this famous choir … [performed] on several occasions to members of the Royal Family. The Prince of Wales invited them to provide some of the music at a garden party which he gave at Marlborough House on 11 July 1886. Queen Victoria had been present at a performance given by the choir in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, on 29 June.’

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