Story Bites

November 25, 2020

The story of “Katyusha”

The mind behind the catchy and folksy military tune of Katyusha, one of the most popular songs in Soviet Russia during WWII


November 21, 2020

Igor Stravinsky Influence

The years 1939 through 1945 were a period of heavy cultural and artistic influence between Russia and the United States. During WWII, many artists moved between the two countries, including famed composer Igor Stravinsky. Known for The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, which would have a marked influence on the American composer Aaron Copland, […]


November 16, 2020

Dmitri Shostakovich from Saint Petersburg

His music was instrumental in the war effort against Nazi Germany. His story is that of survival against the siege of Leningrad.