The roots of Balalaika go back to Russia. Balalaika is a triangular wooden stringed instrument from Russia with a hollow body and frets similar to a guitar on the neck. The plucked stringed instrument has three strings; two strings tuned to the same note, while the third one is a higher-pitched note. The instrument was invented in the 18th and 19th century.
The instrument was developed and extensively used in the early 20th century. It was developed from the concept of dombra that was a three-stringed lute famous in Central Asia and Russia. Near its belly, a hole is located. You can pluck the strings with your fingers. The strings and the instrument display a fabulous feast for folk music lovers; which is why, large Balalaika 20th century festivals are still remembered in the European world.
Balalaika can be played as a:
- Solo Instrument
In the 20th century, due to growing interest in Russian folk musick, this instrument gained a lot of popularity outside Russia. Notable players of Balalaika were mainly Russians such as:
- Vasily Andreyev
- Alexey Arkhipovsky
- Elina Karokhina
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