Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sergey Trofimov – Russian troubadour


I like searching out musicians and music pieces which are not very well known to a wide audience. Sometimes I find rare pearl, like for example 44 – year – old Russian singer, composer and poet from Moscow, Sergej Trofimov (Сергей Трофимов). I had never heard about him till last year, when I accidentally googled his surname.

Sergey Trofimov has quite an interesting biography. He used to be a chorister regent clerk in a church, and he worked in a restaurant. In 1994 he started touring under the pseudonym ‘Trofim’. By 2010 the artist had recorded 17 albums. Dmitrij Shirokov, director of Russkoye Radio 2 said about Trofimov, that he is one of a few (musicians), who can write in different genres and it’s always interesting.

The first of his songs I had ever listened to was ‘I miss you’ (Я скучаю по тебе). I was delighted by its softness and nice flow of sensitive musical notes. Actually, it was a very simple piece for a guitar but very charming. I could listen to it all day and never get bored, as also the lyrics were extraordinarily beautiful – very poetic and they made me gasp. The song was filled with a Slavic, romantic soul.

No wonder that I had never heard of him. Russian is not an international language and it may discourage non – Russian speakers from listening to Trofimov’s songs. Although Russian is a primary language for about 164 million speakers, and a secondary language for 114 million, it’s not widely spoken in western countries or in America or in Africa. However, sometimes words are not necessary to feel the piece. Music can play on our emotions much better than words can.

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Mr Darcy


Sometimes, when I listen to ‘A postcard to Henry Purcell’, which is used on the soundtrack for the film ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I wonder how many people know that it’s only a contemporary version of Rondeau from the Abdelazer Suite by the English Baroque composer, Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695). Both pieces are significant and beautiful and I would not say, ‘This one is better because it incorporates more instruments, and so on’. Beauty is relative.

Actually, this piece inspired me to contemplate on one of the film’s characters, Mr Darcy. Although Mr. Darcy is a fictional figure and the first adaptation of the movie was made over 70 years ago and the novel was written in 1812, he is still perceived by women as charming, attractive and as a matter of fact, the ideal man. No wonder that Mr Darcy became an object of male jokes.

A few years ago, Australian comedian and member of The Chaser satirical group, Chris Taylor, dressed himself as Mr Darcy and went out into the street to find out if studies saying that Mr Darcy ‘is the number one fantasy for women’ were true. Obviously women whom he accosted did not react positively to him, as the clothing, the language, and gestures were weird. At least Taylor was as smart as a fox, and ‘managed’ to prove that women’s daydreams of Mr Darcy are not real at all.

On one hand, the ideal picture of Mr Darcy is exaggerated, as he was very proud, introverted and rigid. One the other hand, the gentlemen from The Chaser seemed to forget about something else, as women don’t miss nicely dressed gentlemen with good manners. First of all, Mr Darcy represents timeless values which might be invisible, such as: self-sacrifice or unconditional love (he never said to Elizabeth, ‘I love you because…’, and married her although she wasn’t from his social class).

Well, these values are difficult, as they would cost us our ‘ego’. I mean, it concerns both sides: contemporary Mr Darcies and Elizabeths. Why are there so many fake romantic characters around? They love without devotion or run away when their own prejudices appear to be stronger than their feelings.

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