The Birch Tree (Beriozka)

Folk song, Ukraine.

“The Birch Tree (Beriozka)” is a very old traditional Russian Folk Song. The Russian name is usually written as “Beriozka”, “Berezka” or “Beroza” and in English the song is sometimes called “In The Field Stood a Birch Tree”.

The classical composer Tchaikovsky included this popular tune in the last movement of his Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, written in 1877 -1878, and the film composer Dario Marianelli used the song in his music for the film “Anna Karenina”.

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Lyrics in English

1. See the lovely birch in the meadow,
Curly leaves all dancing when the wind blows.
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows,
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows.

2. Oh, my little tree, I need branches,
For the silver flutes I need branches.
Loo-lee-loo, three branches,
Loo-lee-loo, three branches.

3. From another birch I will make now,
I will make a tingling balalaika.
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika,
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika.

4. When I play my new balalaika,
I will think of you, my lovely birch tree.
Loo-lee-loo, lovely birch tree,
Loo-lee-loo, lovely birch tree.

 


 

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Free karaoke MP3 download

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“The Birch Tree (Beriozka)” (instrumental mp3, 1:41 – 6/4 – 86 bpm)

 


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Sheet music with chords in Cm

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The Birch Tree_Cm_Singing-Bell


 

 Sheet music with chords in Dm

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The Birch Tree_Dm_Singing-Bell


 

Free Printable PDF with Lyrics and Sheet Music

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“The Birch Tree (Beriozka)” free PDF download – Singing Bell


 

Teaching idea & activities

Listen to Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony, last movement (Finale: Allegro con fuoco) where the composer uses the theme of this traditional song.

Ask children to notice the variations of the theme and, perhaps, to write or draw something about the way that they perceive an imaginary land where the music leads to.


 

Beriozka-Singing-Bell

 

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