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"Dark Eyes", a.k.a. "Black Eyes" or "Ochi Chyorniye", arranged for violin and piano by Dunja Lavrova.
Dunja Lavrova - Violin (www.dunjalavrova.com)
Sophia Rahman - Piano (www.sophiarahman.com)
Recorded live at St Mary's Church, Perivale, in November 2016.
Special thanks to Rod Waldes for camera work.
It is nearly impossible to trace the roots of this extremely popular Russian song!
It has been covered by so many singers and bands worldwide in the past 100 years and it has now mutated so much from its original state that it could probably be considered a folk song!.. In Russia itself, it was adopted in particular by gypsy street musicians, which is why it is often considered a "Russian Gypsy" folk song.
These days it is also known as a jazz standard.
According to Wikipedia, "in "The Book of World-famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk", published in 2000, the author, J.Fuld, mentions that a Soviet musicologist had reported to him that the song is not "a Russian Traditional song but a cabaret song", published in a songs book by A. Gutheil in 1897 and mentioned, at p. 131, as a "Gypsy romance based on the melody of Florian Hermann's Valse Hommage. The most renowned and played version of this song was written by Adalgiso Ferraris, and published, when still in Russia in 1910, with German editor Otto Kuhl, as Schwarze Augen (Black Eyes)"