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How can you imagine the 20th century without the songs of the great Alexander Zatsepin. Favorite millions of hits and songs from the comedies of Leonid Gaidai made his work immortal. Already from the first chords “Songs of the Bears”, “And we do not care”, “With love to meet”, “Where childhood goes” or “Wizard-half-educated” I want to sing along. And the life of an outstanding composer was not as cloudless and fun as his composition.

Talented Siberian
Alexander Zatsepin is from Novosibirsk. He was born on March 10, 1926. The parents of the future composer had nothing to do with creativity, but a slightly grown son was hired by a music teacher. Later he was sent to a music school, where the boy studied with pleasure and at a very young age even began to compose small melodies.

In addition to music, Alexander was fond of gymnastics and acrobatics, studied in the radio engineering circle until World War II broke out. Composer Alexander Zatsepin

Alexander’s father was a surgeon and at the very beginning of the war he was sent to prison for counter-revolutionary activities. In the hospital in Novosibirsk, where his father worked, there were already many wounded. They were put on trial for being late for work for 15 minutes. Sergei Dmitrievich then told a friend that finally the Soviet government took up the slobs and loafers. The word “finally” became decisive in his fate. One of his friends reported to him in the NKVD, for which father Zatsepin was imprisoned. He was released only in 1956.

Alexander Zatsepin in search of himself
During the war, Alexander Zatsepin, like many peer boys, plowed fields on a tractor and helped collective farmers to harvest. At one time, he even wanted to go to work in the circus, but his mother was categorically composer Alexander Zatsepin contrary to this, and his son continued his studies at school. There, he organized a small orchestra that played Glenn Miller’s jazz compositions from The Sun Valley Serenade.

Further there was an institute of transport engineers, but it did not work out with mathematics and Zatsepin’s student was expelled for poor progress in this subject.

Alexander was drafted into the army in 1945. He ended up in an infantry school in Tyumen, where he was in a platoon under the command of Evgeny Matveev, a famous actor and director. In the army, Alexander mastered playing the accordion and clarinet, played the piano, participated in amateur performances, and played dance in the movie theater lobby.

First popularity
The experience gained in the song and dance ensemble of the Novosibirsk district was useful to Zatsepin. After demobilization, he was invited to work at the Philharmonic. All year he traveled with the collective tour in Siberia. Alexander realized that he lacked musical education and went to study at the composer Alexander Zatsepinalma-Ata School of Music. They listened to him there and advised him to immediately submit documents to the conservatory. He entered the piano department, and then began to combine studies with classes in the composer.

Then he wrote his first serious work, which successfully went on stage at the local theater for fifteen years. It was the ballet The Old Man Hottabych. Although the author of the book, Lazar Lagin, did not really want his work to be put on stage.

In his final year at the conservatory, Zatsepin wrote the music for the film Our Sweet Doctor. The song “Above me is a blue sky” performed by Yermek Serkebaev brought him the first popularity and became a business card.

Creative trio
After moving to Moscow, Alexander Zatsepin met the poet Leonid Derbenev, co-authored with whom many famous songs were written – “We don’t care”, “It’s not ruining people beer …”, “There is only a moment”, “Cap-cap-cap” , “Bonfire in the snow”, “Love is to blame”, “Island of Bad luck”, “Song of Cupid”, “Help me”, “Conversation with happiness” and others are no less magnificent.

The long and fruitful cooperation of Zatsepin with the director Leonid Gaidai began completely by accident. Alexander Sergeevich periodically went to the Mosfilm film studio to leave his compositions for listening. There he was already known thanks to the song “Above me is a blue sky” composer Alexander Zatsepini “Bonfire in the snow”. One day, the assistant of Gaidai called him and said that Leonid Iovich wants to meet with him. By that time, the director had a falling out with composer Nikita Bogoslovsky, who wrote the music for the comedies Dog Barbos and The Moonshiners. Thus began the film era of Gaidai and Zatsepin.

What did Alexander Sergeyevich not come up with to emphasize the eccentric comedies of Leonid Iovich with music. He used hunting decoys to record melodies, and referee whistles, and measuring roulettes.

Zatsepin’s songs in the films were performed by such remarkable artists as Nina Brodskaya, Aida Vedishcheva, Oleg Dal, Oleg Anofriev, Andrey Mironov and Yuri Nikulin. Merciless censorship authorities found fault with many lyrics, but Gaidai managed to defend the compositions by hook or by crook.

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