MUSIC COMPOSED FOR MOSCOW 1980 OLYMPICS PERFORMED AGAIN TO MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF GAMES

Music composed for the Moscow 1980 Olympics has been performed once again to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Games in a special “Olympic Tribute” event at the Museum of Moscow.

“The two summer weeks of 1980 became the last truly triumphant page in the history of the Soviet Union.

“For the anniversary of the Games, we asked Moscow musicians to sing Olympic songs familiar from childhood,” said organisers of the event.

The concert had been the brainchild of Maxsim Sergeev of the Gruppa Bigudi {curlers group} and Alexandra Kheifets from the Museum of Moscow.

Musical arrangements by Eduard Artemiev featured as the soundtrack to the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at Moscow 1980 ©Philip Barker

Songs featured included Temp {tempo} originally performed for the Moscow Cultural Festival by Ukrainian singer Sofia Rotaru and Tonis Magi’s Olympiada, who sang with dancers in Moscow’s Olympic complex in the original song video.

There was also a performance of Lev Leshchenko’s farewell song “Do svidanja, Moskva” heard at the 1980 Closing Ceremony as an inflatable Misha the Bear Mascot was released into the night sky. 

The music was reprised at the Closing Ceremony for Sochi 2014 as an additional nostalgic touch.

The concert was performed in conjunction with “Symbols of the Olympics” an exhibition of 1980 artefacts.

This featured 35 posters “dedicated to sports and friendship of Peoples.”

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