Alexander Evstyugov-Babaev

@Schwallex · Piano, guitar, violin, some bayan · Music theory, counterpoint, composition, improvisation · Saarbrücken

Classically-trained pianist, self-taught guitarist. Now learning the violin and transcribing a ton of pieces by ear to play in duet with my teacher. Sharing some of them here for the benefit of other adult beginners and teachers alike.

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Gen Hoshino writes wonderful music and makes wonderful videos.… More…

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Just occurred to me I never made this slice public. … More…

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Here's a peculiar one. Every fiddler seems to know it by heart. But all violinists seem to be oblivious to its existence. A piece with a German name, written in the US, based on a Polish tune. A world… More…

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Kris Kelmi passed away this January 1st. I don't know many of his songs, though I am told he wrote hundreds. But this one song all of Russia knows. It was televised for the first time on New Year's Eve… More…

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Tatyana and Sergey Nikitin both hold PhDs in physics, but it's not their research every Russian knows them for. It's their music. They've written countless songs, covered many more by others, and lent… More…

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I remember I bought an all-new TV just to play this game. Frankly it was also the main reason I got the Wii. (History would repeat itself a decade later with Breath of the Wild.)… More…

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Ilya Shatrov served as a bandmaster in the Russo-Japanese War. Its final land battle in 1905 was among the largest ever to that date. Shatrov's regiment fought for 11 days, but running low on ammo got… More…

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Back when I was a teen trying to teach myself guitar, the first bit of actual sheet music that I got as a present was a thin little book of Russian romances. Maybe a dozen in total. A few quite famous… More…

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Tchaikovsky must've been a violin player at heart. Even when he wrote for the piano, he really had the violin in mind. Time and again both my teacher and I find ourselves astounded at the fact, whenever… More…

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This is such a good song. Too bad there's never been a single decent version of it out there. Maybe one day Ryan Adams will cover it or something. I dunno.… More…

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Christmas songs are a dime a dozen. Few have any meaning to me. This one I hold close to heart.… More…

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Russian folklore at its finest. Infinite mileage out of just a couple notes. A simple melody, a simple rhythm, the most basic chord progression. Anyone can pick up any instrument and play this. And then… More…

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A piano quintet I wrote for the StackExchange contest that's currently running. You can tell I'm bored. … More…

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This one's all about rhythm. The notes themselves are easy and kinda boring, but the patterns keep changing, with lots of syncopation, and that really keeps you on your toes throughout. A nice exercise.… More…

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Now that I went full MIDI this week, might as well go the whole nine yards. So here's some proper MIDI goodness for you. Plus a few alternative renderings that you may or may not have seen before.… More…

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This piano piece is but a day old and I don't even have a proper recording of it yet. Or the sheet music, for that matter. But the upper voice fits the violin so nicely, I figured I might as well do this… More…

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My teacher asked me to arrange this for one of her other students. We sight-read it for the first time earlier today, was great fun. What a beautiful piece.… More…

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Malashkin is not a name many remember, but back in his day he was quite a figure. He composed a number of very popular songs, had a reputation as a pianist and pump organist, tried himself at writing liturgies,… More…

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Ah, the memories. I vividly remember how this adaptation of The Treasure Island came out of nowhere in 1988 and took the USSR by storm. Mixing animated and live-action sequences in a truly peculiar way,… More…

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In memoriam Montserrat Caballé, who passed away last week. I never followed her career closely, but this one piece always had a very special place in my heart. … More…

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This one is rather fun to play for the first violin, but the second violin's part I'm not happy about. There's quite some mood and color in this piece, the harmonies are wonky and all over the place,… More…

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A true classic. One of the most famous Russian poems, written in 1841 by Mikhail Lermontov and subsequently set to music by countless composers, but only this 1861 tune by Elisaveta Shashina came out on… More…

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Perhaps the most boring thing I've ever written. But that's what the lyrics asked for, so here goes. Still a fair exercise in F major. Scales, thirds, arpeggios. Briefly touching on the minor and both… More…

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Gotta say, in my capacity as a complete beginner on the violin, so far Okudzhava is my go-to favorite for warming up and showing the fingers their place.… More…

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The fakebook for my most recent video, a romance set to a 1910 poem by Osip Mandelstam. Not arranging this one as a violin duet, doesn't feel like it would work as just two lines of notes. Might ask my… More…