What is it about Russian Music that makes it So Russian ? Issit the soul, and spirit or the mood ? All Russian music seem to have a particular beautiful melancholy feel towards it- ie Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimski Korsakov, Alexander Glazunov and Shostakovich. Take this example of the Ballet Raymonda by Glazunov:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIZFM3gEI... The first piece seems like a love dream, cantabile and graceful. The second piece has that same Russian flavour, dark , melancholy, expressive. The third piece- has that Russian feel again and I can hear this music originally composed for a balailaka. Other examples are Traditional Anonymous music like Dark Eyes and the Russian Balailaka, and the Rachmaninov piano concerto no 3. Although I feel that Shostakovich's piano music ( preludes and fugues ) have a typical character and feel to it- like a polka or ballet barre work exercise. Their Ballet music is typical of the Russian melancholy melodies. Is it the chord progression or their soul, expression and spirit ? What do you think ?