fyi: When I was working on the fall Balalaika group, I was imagining what kind of music might have been playing around the Royal Buffalo Hunt's campfire. (if you are new to our blog and have no idea what I am talking about jump back to see fall 2009's inspiration) I imagined a balalaika. Balalaikas are triangular shaped stringed instruments with Russian origin and are often embellished with beautiful folk art inlay or hand painting. I imagined that the Russian Grand Duke might have played his native instrument to the delight of his hosts. In my dream world, I even had the duke's balalaika all Faberged-up with gemstones and rich colored enamels.
Here is a short clip of the balalaika (actually two) being played. Enjoy Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago or better yet, watch the movie and check out Yuri's balalaika.
Ah, Dr. Zhivago... one of my all-time favorites.
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