Music became a powerful aid to international understanding in Moscow last year when leading musicians and teachers from 40 countries gathered to debate latest trends in music education.
SCU Kapishnikov conducts Siberian school orchestra
SCU Children in orchestra
GV Concert audience
GV PAN..Siberian hills and lake
LV Children crossing bridge
SV & LV Children going to school
CU Children listening in class (2 shots)
MV Kapishnikov teaching
CU Girl listening
GV Kapishnikov teaching class
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV.. girls playing in Lvov orchestra
SV Girls carrying instrument cases
GV Lvov musicians walk down steps in Moscow
SV French and Soviet girls talking
SV & CU Children
SV Students exchange addresses and shaking hands
CU Audience watching (4 shots)
GV Kabalevsky conducts orchestra (3 shots)
GV Leader instructs jazz band and band playing (8 shots)
CU Japanese singer & choir (4 shots)
GV US choir & SV choirboys
SV Russian & Negro boys walking together
GV PAN..boys sailing toy boat & CU boat
CU Boys watching
CU Boys watching
GV PAN..boys playing football
GV Boy wielding baseball bat
CU Boy throwing football and SV boys watching
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Background: Music became a powerful aid to international understanding in Moscow last year when leading musicians and teachers from 40 countries gathered to debate latest trends in music education.
Soviet film crews, there to record the conference, also turned their cameras on the choirs and youth orchestras taking part. And they went behind the scenes to provide a rare glimpse of music education in Soviet schools.
To illustrate the diversity of Soviet music education, the cameramen travelled from schools in the Ukraine in the west to Siberian in the east.
They filmed world-famous composer Dimitry Kabalevsky conducting a student orchestra made up of future professionals. And to the other end of the scale, they filmed devoted amateur musicians like Nikolai Kapishnikov, the teacher of Russian language and literature in a small Siberian village, who has been producing professional results from the school orchestra for nearly 25 years.
But it's the music, itself, which provides the framework for the film. A jazzband formed by schoolchildren from Finland rehearses a swinging number for their conference appearance. A Japanese choir gives a sensitive account of a folk-song.
Finally, to illustrate the international friendship generated by the conference, the cameramen filmed boys from a United States choir -- who had earlier performed a Soviet song -- teaching Soviet youngsters the rudiments of baseball and football.