A Concert for the Romanovs

I just found this fantastic video on the Royal Russia blog I talked about before. Apparently, there was a concert at the Hermitage museum in Russia to honor the four-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty. (This happened back in March 2013, but I missed it when it happened.)

Here’s a video from the event. What I found most interesting (and powerful) was the performance of the tsarist national anthem, “God Save the Tsar” (it’s in the first three minutes of the video, so you don’t have to watch the whole thing to see it). The audience stood out of respect, which is fascinating. “God Save the Tsar” is not the national anthem of Russia anymore—though it may have remained so if the February and October revolutions never took place back in 1917.

For Russian learners, I have the lyrics for “God Save the Tsar” in both English and Russian below the video.

Original Russian:
Боже, Царя храни!
Сильный, державный,
Царствуй на славу, на славу нам!

Царствуй на страх врагам,
Царь православный!
Боже, Царя храни!

English translation (not mine):
God, save the Tsar!
Strong and majestic,
Reign for glory, For our glory!

Reign to foes’ fear,
Orthodox Tsar.
God, save the Tsar!