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Nikolai Tchaikin ( Chaikin ). Childrens Album for Bayan (Accordion)

Language: English-Russian
Number of pages: 53

Difficulty level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced


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Nikolai Tchaikin (Chaikin). Childrens Album for Bayan (Accordion)

  1. Call-up
  2. Echo
  3. Little Piece
  4. Little Canon
  5. Getting on the March
  6. Step by Step
  7. Time
  8. Good Humour
  9. Little Song
  10. Pioneer Bugle
  11. Serenade
  12. Polka
  13. Sorrowful Meditation
  14. Children's Numbering
  15. Ukrainian Polka
  16. Santa Claus and Little Hare
  17. New Year Round Dance
  18. Snow Maiden's Dance
  19. Evening Promenade
  20. Lullaby
  21. Dance
  22. Romance
  23. Waltz
  24. Russian Dance
  25. Drummer and Trumpeter
  26. Intimate Waltz
  27. Graceful Dance
  28. Mazurka
  29. On the Steamship
  30. Sailor's Dance
  31. March-Song
  32. Matryoshkas
  33. Chastushka (*Funny-couplets)
  34. Riding Donkey
  35. Incantation
  36. On the Meadow
  37. Little Pioneer Polka
  38. Russian Dance
  39. Little Rondo
  40. Tale (Fugue-Fantasy)

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The "Children's Album" by N.Chaikin ( Tchaikin ) is the first composition of such a kind through the whole history of accordion (bayan) music literature. The Album embraces 40 dulcet pieces of diverse nature. It was in 1969, when Chaikin's Album started enjoying its popularity, having been published for the first time. Since that it has been impressing musical pedagogical world by doubtless achievements in both art and education. Therefore the Album got its second edition in 1983.

The present edition was implied for to attract young accordionists to the unique repertoire, fortunately occurred to be larger than life.

Nikolai Yakovlevich Chaikin (15.02.1915 - 17.02.2000) was born in Kharkov. It was the family of office workers. However, the boy's father loved music and managed to inculcate it in his son. Then there followed the years of studying in the music school. Simultaneously the young musician took part in the Kharkov Radio Orchestra of Folk Instruments. The higher musical education was connected for Nikolai Chaikin with the Kiev Conservatoire where he conducted music literature score-reading. Chaikin graduated in 1940 as the composer and pianist.

The Great Patriotic War brought Chaikin to front musical brigade. Being its composer and arranger, he also played accordion at the ensemble's mostly important performances. Medals and honours were conferred to him for his merits during the war time.

Nikolai Chaikin is especially marked for the bayan repertoire worked out through his career. The Sonata B minor for bayan in four movements appeared in the period of the 19431944.That was the famous bayan-player N. I. Rizol, organizer and member of the Kiev Philharmonic Bayan Quartet, to have assisted him. Due to this Sonata the bayan's abilities were demonstrated in full swing.

After the war Chaikin resided in Moscow, serving as the music editor in the publishing house. His pedagogical practice renewed in 1951 firstly at the Moscow State Gnesins Pedagogical Institute and then at the Gorky Conservatoire. Numerous executants, laureates of mostly prestigious local and international competitions, so as many talented teachers were brought up by him. Meanwhile, his composition activity was evolving impetuously. There appeared the Concerto for bayan and Symphony orchestra, the Second Sonata for bayan, Concert Suite, Concert Triptych and other brilliant creations, among which there was the "Children's Album".

Nikolai Chaikin was also the well-known public figure, who exchanged letters with musicians all over the world. He is the author of treatises on the vital questions of accordion education. Scientific practical conferences in this country and abroad were rarely held without him. One of his scientific musical achievements was the new position of the right hand passing to five fingers. He was often invited to competitions in Russia and abroad as the jury member. The composer has been thrice elected the vice-president of the International Accordionists Confederation. Chaikin's many-sided creative activity has been recognized all over the world.

The publication of "Children's Album" by N. Chaikin is the homage to the Musician, Teacher and Man on the day of his ninetieth birthday, glorifying the Great Victory on the day of its Sixtieth Anniversary.

Yuri Likhachyov

Sheet music with compositions by Nikolai Chaikin (Tchaikin) for Accordion / Bayan / Accordeon / Akkordeon /
Fisarmonica / Harmonika / Harmonica / Trekkspill / Dragspel / Harmonikka / Bajan / Akordeon:

Hutsul Dance
Sonata No. 1
in B minor;
Lyrical Waltz;
Russian Minstrelsy;
Sonata No. 2
in C minor
Concert Suite
Eight Preludes
and Fugues
for Bayan
Ukrainian Suite
Contrapuntal Suite
(Poliphonic Suite)
and Etudes
for Accordion
Concert Triptych
for Bayan
Concert No. 1
in B Flat Major
for Bayan
and Orchestra
Childrens Album
for Bayan
Prelude and Fugue
in A Minor
Bayan (Accordion)
study book.
Volume 1
Bayan (Accordion)
study book.
Volume 3
Concert Piece
on Russian Themes
Concert Triptych
for Bayan
1) Prelude in
G Sharp Minor;
2) Prelude in
C Minor
At the Feast.
Little Rondo
Russian Folk Song
"Pechorskiye Pripevki".
For accordion
1) Bindweed;
2) Little Song;
3) Swings;
4) Etudes
in Polka Character
Two Bagatelles
Tunes from
Fantasy on
Russian Themes.
For Accordion

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