Leonid Kharitonov – “Here’s the Mail Coach-and-Three (Troika) Rushing”
Russian Folk Song.
Osipov State Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, Conductor N. Kalinin.
The video performance is from the television movie “Song, Romance, Waltz”, 1987, TeleFond (TF) archive.
Attention: This video has English subtitles!
Winter. The mail troika is rushing along the frozen Volga river. The coachman, a young guy, is humming some sad tune shaking his head. Then a friendly passenger asked him why he looked so sad. And the coachman tells him his life story. He told him that he had been in love for already a year. But the village headman scolded him all the time about it. Very soon Christmastide would come and his beloved would marry another man, a rich and hateful one… And she would never see again those beautiful days they had… The coachman told the story, stopped his troika and gave a deep, sorrowful sigh…
Вот мчится тройка почтовая
«О чем задумался, детина? —
«Ах, милый барин, добрый барин!
Ах, милый барин, скоро святки,
Ямщик умолк и кнут ременный
Here’s the mail troika rushing
“What are you thinking of, young lad?”
“Oh, dear sir, my good sir!
“Oh, good sir, Christmastide will come soon
The coachman finished his story