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2009-07-05 15:18:49

Government and TV officials paid their final respects during the full military burial in Moscow for Russian singer Lyudmila Zykina, ITAR-TASS reports. The Russian news agency said the military honors accorded Zykina Saturday at Moscow's Novodevichye cemetery represented a rare honor among Russian citizens. The funeral, attended by Russian Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev and State Duma Vice Speaker Lyudmila Slisk, featured a military orchestra, an honor guard and was punctuated with a...

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2007-04-29 09:00:07

By MARIA DANILOVA MOSCOW - Mstislav Rostropovich, the renowned cellist and conductor who won world fame for his masterly playing and his courage in defending human rights, was buried Sunday in the Moscow cemetery that holds the graves of many of Russia's most luminous artists and thinkers. Several thousand Russians came to the funeral for Rostropovich, who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall. He died...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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