“Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl”


Leonid Kharitonov – “Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl”

Russian Cossack Folk Song. Music – M. Blanter, Lyrics – I. Selvinsky.
This song was composed especially for Leonid Kharitonov.
The video clip is from the “New Year’s Kidnapping” Musical Movie, 1969.

Attention: This video has English subtitles!

Song Description

This song is about a Cossack Soldier who once met a dark-eyed Cossack girl and asked her to shoe his horse. The girl agreed and asked for a very small price. The man asked her name since he liked her very much. The girl refused to tell her name and answered that the Cossack would hear it right from under his horse’s shoes when he rides it. The Cossack started riding his horse and guessing her name – Masha? Zina? Dasha? Nina?.. No, they were all wrong… KATYA, KATYA, KATERINA – the horseshoes knocked her name…!!! Since those times wherever the Cossack went he always whispered “KATYA, KATYA, KATERINA”… He was thinking that that was an obsession since he already had another girlfriend. But the strange thing was that he could never take that Cossack girl’s name out of his chest as it was a never ending song inside there…

Critical Commentary

Many Russian songs are serious or sad, but Kharitonov is also known for singing comic songs or arias. The composer Matvey Blanter wrote Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl (Russian: Черноглазая казачка) especially for him in 1966. Kharitonov’s definitive performance was recorded in 1969. Again he is celebrating Chaliapin’s legacy as the first modern bass to successfully fuse drama – and humour – with pure musical technique, as in Chaliapin’s performance of Dark Eyes.

Moreover this performance of Kharitonov’s demonstrates the Ensemble’s style, which in the era of A.V. and B.A. Alexandrov encouraged soloists to stay in tune in spite of any vibrato, any emotional acting, or any humour. Therefore, although the song involves laughter, he laughs elegantly in tune. All the while he is making faces and humorous gestures, his vocal tone and pitch remain spot-on. That is the achievement of this kind of performance: while the audience and the other musicians laugh so much at Kharitonov’s clowning, at the same time they are aware of highly disciplined singing, and the performance remains perfectly musical. This performance demonstrates that discipline is fundamental to musical elegance.


Lyrics:

Черноглазая казачка
Подковала мне коня.
Серебро с меня спросила,
Труд недорого ценя.
Как зовут тебя, молодка?
А молодка говорит:
Имя ты мое услышишь
Из под топота копыт.

Я по улице поехал,
По дороге поскакал.
По тропинке между бурых,
Между серых, между скал.
Маша, Зина, Даша, Нина ?
Все как будто не она.
Катя, Катя высекают
Мне подковы скакуна.

С той поры хоть шагом еду,
Хоть галопом поскачу,
Катя, Катя, Катерина,
Неустанно я шепчу.
Что за бестолочь такая,
У меня ж другая есть!
Ну, а Катю, словно песню,
Из груди брат не известь.

Черноглазая казачка
Подковала мне коня.
Серебро с меня спросила,
Труд недорого ценя.
Как зовут тебя, молодка?
А молодка говорит:
Имя ты мое услышишь
Из под топота копыт.

Once a dark-eyed Cossack girl
Shod my horse.
She asked for a small amount of money
Not highly valuing her work.
What’s your name, young lady?
And the young lady replies:
“You’ll hear my name
In the clatter of your horse’s hooves.”

I rode along the street,
I galloped the roads,
And along the path among brown rocks,
And among gray rocks.
“Masha? Zina? Dasha? Nina?”
None seem to be her name.
“Katya! Katya!” – was sounded to me
By my racer’s horseshoes.

And since that time, whether I ride
Or whether I gallop –
“Katya, Katya, Katerina…” –
I endlessly whisper.
What a muddle-head I am!
Because I have another girlfriend!
But I cannot get Katya, like a song,
Out from my soul, brother!

Once a dark-eyed Cossack girl
Shod my horse.
She asked for a small amount of money
Not highly valuing her work.
What’s your name, young lady?
And the young lady replies:
“You’ll hear my name
In the clatter of your horse’s hooves.”


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12 Responses to ““Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl””

  1. Andy says:

    I am a young man from China. The Cossack girl is my favourite song. I watch your video every day. Your voice and performance almost become a part of my daily life! Thank you, for bringing me such an amazing song which makes me happy all the time.Best wishes for you!

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  2. Jane says:

    I have listened to many singers in my time but you sir are amazing. I love listening to your voice. I wish I had discovered you sooner. My favourite is the dark eyed cossack girl. I also love to her you sing the Volga Boatmen. I only wish there had never been a cold war. Then the world could have been yours.

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  3. Baruch ben Ari says:

    Greetings from Israel! Thank you Mr. Kharitonov for your wonderful music. I am of Russian descent myself, as my grandfather was a Russian Jew who lived in Nizhny before migrating to Israel during the Six Day War. He would sing songs like that to us growing up.

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  4. tom says:

    ADOREI ESSA MÚSICA!!!!!!!!!!!!É DE UNS POUCOS ANOS ANTES DE EU NASCER, MAS ME PARECE ATUAL, E SEMPRE INCRÍVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! O MESTRE LEONID, É DEMAIS!!!!!! ESSE É O CARA!!!!!!!!

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  5. Haziq Faisal says:

    Comrade Kharitonov,I’m from Malaysia & to me,you are the great soloist that I’d ever seen in this world,I hope I can meet you soon…Spasiba!

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  6. Gabriella Kofidis says:

    Mr. Kharitonov,

    I am of Russian and Georgian decent, and both cultures’ music have played a role in my upbringing. My grandfather would sing Kalinka to me and my family when I was young. I learned that and Volga Boatmen on my own. Your voice is truly a God-given talent. It is absolutely beautiful . This song is amazing and I hope to download it soon.

    Thank you, Mr. Kharitonov, for sharing your talent with the world.

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  7. Toni Segovia says:

    Thank you Leonid and thank Matvei for this song. I just discovered it in YT looking for Alexandrov’s Ensemble performances. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is such a warm feeling it brings to the heart this song and your performance. I will share it with family and friends, and particularly with my 3 year old son, so that he knows who you are from early age.
    Warm greetings from Barcelona

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  8. Melina says:

    To me he is one of the best singers of all time. This song is not only sung splendidly but he sings it with an incredible charm. I listen or watch it at least twice every day. It can always make me smile, whatever mood I am in!

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  9. Anda Michalopoulou says:

    Mr Kharitonov, I am a Greek woman. I like very much russian folk music. Ιn a research in YouTube, I found out, a lot of your songs, and Ι was impressed of your voice and your presence. I declare fun of yours. The cossack girl is my favourite song. Your performance in this song was perfect. I’ve already downloaded the mp3, and the video, because Ι enjoy seeing you singing and performing this song. I send you my regards and my wishes for a brilliant and happy future.
    Anda

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  10. Aida Mueller says:

    I am not Russian, but Even as a young girl I have always appreciated Russian music. Leonid Kharitonov Is simply great. Thank you Mr Kharitonov for the miracle of your voice!

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