Elena Roussanova Lucas, composer
Tatarian Dances, a four-movement suite for concert band, was
composed by Elena Lucas in 2003 and dedicated to her mother, Lidia Roussanova.
The Tatarian people are descendents of the nomadic tribes of Genghis Khan who
came from Manchuria/Mongolia, settling in Russia in the ninth century.
Tatarian folk music is fresh, lively, and melodious.
The first movement, "Sabantui," is a spring-summer holiday that occurs after
the conclusion of agricultural labor.
It is a beautiful holiday with songs, dances, traditional Tatarian wrestling
matches, and abundant entertainment.
The second movement, "Sarman," is the name of a very small, beautiful river
The Sarman has a peaceful unhurried current with many exuberant flowers and
an abundance of lush grass along its banks.
The third movement is the dance of the harvest holiday, filled with dances,
songs, and competitions.
Chief among these competitions is the accordion competition.
The final movement is a dance often performed at the beginning of wedding
This festive celebration includes many high-spirited dances, songs, and