"Kalinka" is a traditional Russian Folk Song, composed by Ivan Petrovich Larionov in 1860. The song became popular in Russia and throughout the world when it was performed by many Russian Choirs and used as an instrumental by Russian Dance Troups. Kalinka is the name of a tree, usually called the Snowball Tree of Snowberry Tree, which displays clumps of small white flowers in the Spring which turn to bunches of red berries later in the year. The tree features in the Folklore of Ukrania, and the words of the song talk about the shrub in a light-hearted way with the chorus beginning with the words "Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya" (Snowberry, snowberry, my little snowberry). The song is sometimes called "Kalinka Malinka" meaning "Snowberry Raspberry", and consists of a slow verse section (often with 3 verses) which comes between renditions of the chorus. The chorus is undoubtedly the "hook" of the song with the music getting faster and faster, and perhaps inviting audience participation with singing or hand-clapping.
This arrangement of the folk melody is illustrated here for Bassoon and Piano (arranged by Jim Paterson) although many other instruments can be substituted for the Bassoon. Here are suitable solo part for Bassoon, Clarinet or Violin with the piano in all cases playing the same accompaniment using the Full Score. Alternatively you can download audio files for the Bassoon and Piano version in MIDI or MP3 formats. We also have an arrangement for Solo Piano .