Ты меня береги                     Take Care of Me
Words by T. Kuzovleva, music by E. Alper
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Весенний блюз                       A Spring Blues
Words by T. Kuzovleva, music by E. Alper
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Земля                               The Soil on My Soles
Words by N. Sagalovsky, music by E. Alper
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Океан                          The Ocean Between Us
Words by F. Press, music by E. Alper
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А у нас в России                          Blue Russia
Words by I. Sanina, music by E. Alper
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Страницу и огонь      The Page and the Fire
Words by I. Brodsky, music by E. Alper
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Прощай                                                    Fairwell
Words by I. Reznik, music by E. Alper
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Задержись                                      Please Wait
Words by T. Kuzovleva, music by E. Alper
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На двоих одна подушка     A Pillow for Two
Words by I. Karpinos, music by E. Alper
eugene alper
MUSIC
What makes beautiful
music beautiful?

I started composing out of
curiosity; I wanted to figure
out what a good song is
made of. Like the medieval
alchemist looking for the
philosopher's stone, I put
together different
substances in different
proportions and
experimented with pitch,
rhythm, length, and
silence. I tried to listen to
the poem itself, respecting
its sanctity, to find a tune
that would express its
essence. I thought of
unlocking and releasing the
poem's inner music. I
thought it had to be there.

Now, some thirty-five
songs older, I am not
wiser. The only truth I have
discovered is that
experience matters little
and each song has to be
approached as if it were
the very first, and even that
some of my favorite poems
are better left alone lest I
should ruin them on the
Procrustean bed of my
music.

I will keep looking--the
great secret, a timeless
melody may be just around
the corner--but time is
running out and there must
be a point when one stops
self-editing and moves on.  

You're welcome to listen.  
The songs are in
Russian--be warned, but
not discouraged. Songs in
a foreign language
sometimes have special
appeal as, listening to
them, we have to fill in our
own meaning. If you are
willing to do that, just click.
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Бывает ли это теперь?  
           Does It Still Ever Happen?
Words by Yu. Levitansky, music by E. Alper
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Травы, травы, травы            Fields of Grass
Words by E. Krichmar, music by E. Alper
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Contact
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Это снова сентябрь    It's September Again
Words by T. Kuzovleva, music by E. Alper
Неудачное свидание
(A Failed Date)
Муз. А. Цфасмана
Сл. Б. Тимофеева
Watch a clip of
Eugene performing
a traditional
Russian song
"Эй, друг-гитара"
Picking at Alpine, California
Some tracks are
on Amazon
Две гитары
(Two Guitars)
Муз. народная
Сл. А. Григорьева
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Ах, цыганки                               Gypsy Women
Words by M. Genchikmakher, music by E. Alper
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Лето                                                         Summer
Words by E. Krichmar, music by E. Alper
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На небесах                                         In Heaven
Words by V. Nabokov, music by E. Alper
Copyright © 2014 E. Alper & the poets