Week #321 ~ Midnight in Moscow

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Midnight in Moscow. I'm not familiar with this tune, and I have very little Internet and am posting from my iPhone! So, I'll ask our regulars to help me out by finding some notation and videos! Thanks!
  2. jonny250
  3. Frithjof
    I found this with mandolin joining the "band" after a minute:

    Those who like it with three flats will enjoy this site. (Scroll down for the dots.)

    And here you find a PDF with standard notation in D minor with piano accompaniment and the lyrics in English and Russian. Follow the link behind the blue title.

    Glad I learned Russian at school.
  4. crisscross
    Here's a simple version in d-minor http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...q1tSBGCSDGuUpM

    And one in a-minor http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...Zv7N4j0pZszx-M

    I didn't find no mando tabs or mando version on Youtube, but this instrument comes close

    Swinging accordion

    An even jazzier version
  5. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Thanks, ya'll!
  6. crisscross
    OK, let me kick of a hopefully large number of homemade versions. My version is close to that printed in the book "Familiar Music for the Mandolin" by Walter Kaye Bauer, but I replaced the classical guitar with a flatpicked steel string guitar.
    I played the melody on my Ukrainian domra, so maybe "Midnight in Kiew" would be closer.
  7. jonny250
    Hey nicely done Crisscross! good tremolo going there!
    I do enjoy how this SAW group gets me playing stuff i would otherwise probably not come across.
    I have to work on a bunch of tunes for a folky festival in a couple of weeks, so short on time, but i wanted to have a go at this, so here it is rough and rough :
  8. crisscross
    WOW! Nice swing feeling. Really enjoyed your version!
  9. Tosh Marshall
    Tosh Marshall
    Had a go at this, been busy, not playing much, but I had a day off today so I got the mando's out and had a go........

  10. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Very nice jobs from Crisscross and jonny250. And a big welcome back to Tosh. I've really missed those Shippey mandolins and how they ring like bells... well done!
  11. Tosh Marshall
    Tosh Marshall
    Thanks Michael, yeah I tabbed it out and played it a bit wrong, doing it from memory instead of reading, but never mind. I had a bit of trouble with Final Cut Pro and when the second mando comes in it does sound like Basil Rathbone having a sword fight !!!!!
    Anyway I got the tune from Deborah Greenblatt's book 'Russian Fiddle Tunes For Two Mandolins' (enjoy Deborah's books, a wide range of styles and cultures). It was in Cm, so I transposed to Em which is a lot easier for me.....here's my ABC.....
    X: 1
    T: Moscow Nights
    T: Russian Folk Tune
    C: Mandolin Self Help Group
    R: Dance
    M: 4/4
    K: Em
    L: 1/8
    |EGBG A2 GF|B2 A2 E4 | GBdd e2 dc | B4 ^c2 ^d2 | fe B3 G FE | BA c4 dc |
    B2 AG B2 A2 | E4 ^c2 ^d2 | fe B3 G FE | BA c4 dc |
    B2 AG B2 A2 | E8 | EGBG A2 GF|B2 A2 E4 | GBdd e2 dc | B4 ^c2 ^d2 | fe B3 G FE | BA c4 dc |
    B2 AG B2 A2 | E4 ^c2 ^d2 | fe B3 G FE | BA c4 dc |
    B2 AG B2 A2 | E8
  12. crisscross
    Yes, very nice sound from your mando, Tosh, nice work. I also have the Russian fiddle tune book by Deborah Greenblatt and the Klezmer book. Got to dig them out.
  13. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I've been travelling for the past week, so I'm a bit late with my version of this great Russian tune. I found an arrangement in D minor for mandolin, guitar and bass at:


    I have recorded it on mandolin, tenor guitar and mandocello, varying the style from verse to verse.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello

  14. crisscross
    Sounds nice! I like the variations.
  15. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    Great tremolo work Martin. My version is also in D min.
  16. greenwdse
    It's also called Moscow Nights. Here's tab for it.



    When I was a kid, I would sit in the backyard listening to my shortwave radio, and this was Radio Moscow's call signal. It was originally called Leningrad Nights when it was first written back in the 50's but it was commandeered by the Soviet Ministry of Culture and changed to a Moscow-centric song. It's a lovely little tune.
  17. WikiGary
    This has taken way too long. My excuse is I was on vacation. Here is the result: a crude music video shot aboard a 38 foot sailboat in the San Juan Islands of Washington and the Canadian Gulf Islands. The reason for the double sound track was so I could include the sound of the helm creaking and the gentle lap of the waves against the hull.
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