Waltz "Amur Waves" ... This amazingly beautiful, lyrical work has its own romantic history. It was written in Vladivostok and was originally called "Amur Bay Waves", it was completely unrelated to the Amur River, but the French word "Amour" - has a direct relation. In 1909, military musician Max Kyuss was traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. It was half world journey at that time, with trains underway for nearly a month. A young charming woman, Vera Yakovlevna- the wife of Colonel Kirillenko and the immediate commander of Kyuss- was accompaning her husband to Vladivostok. Chances of reciprocity did not exist for Kyuss. The charming Greek woman and her handsome husband were happy in marriage. A composer in love writes his masterpiece, and this is the music of love, tenderness, passion, pain and suffering. |
Once in Vladivostok, the audience enthusiastically accepted the new work; Max Kyuss performed at a charity evening at the Officers' Meeting, dedicating it to Vera Yakovlevna, explaining this dedication with gratitude for her active philanthropic activities.
The success was incredible. Waltz literally enchanted the inhabitants of Vladivostok, it was performed at all evenings and in all houses, people were copying notes from each other; it was performed by military bands, it sounded during parades and in the squares of Vladivostok.
Later, Vera Yakovlevna proposed the name of the “Amur Bay Waves”, but in the printing house the name was reduced, leaving just the "Amur Waves". She accepted this new name, however, she did not expect that someone would later think about the Amur River.
This waltz brought immense popularity to the author, but did not make him happy, even on the contrary. The only person who did not share the general delight was Colonel Kirilenko himself. He considered such a dedication of the waltz to his wife insulting to himself, and in the very waltz he heard exactly what was put there by the composer.
Therefore, in the following editions, the dedication and profile of Vera Yakovlevna disappeared from the cover, and the life of Max Kyuss became much more complicated. First he was transferred to the Russian island, and after a while he was sent back to Odessa. There is in this turn of fate something mystical, a waltz in which the composer expressed his love, separated him from his beloved.
Years had passed. In 1944, the notes accidentally fell into the hands of the head of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Far Eastern District, who happened to be in Khabarovsk and knew nothing about the history of the creation of the waltz. Melody once again charmed everyone. The soloist of the ensemble wrote the text and the waltz received a new life. The melody became an unofficial anthem of the Far East.
During the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the radio station in Khabarovsk transmitted the call-signs against the background of the famous waltz. Thanks to this, the “Amur waves” became the first musical work sounded in space. Train “Ocean” Vladivostok-Khabarovsk, goes to the sounds of this beautiful melody, symbolically connecting the music composed in Vladivostok with the words written in Khabarovsk.