Korobeiniki – “The Tetris theme”
A Russian folk song from the 19th century. The original lyrics are in Russian , it is about the story of a meeting between a merchant and a girl. This poem is based on an earlier version of a poem by Nekrasov , printed in 1861 on the Sovremennik magazine. The style and tempo of the song led this folk song to become a world wide popular song.
Became a world wide popular composition outside Russia in 1989 as “The Tetris theme’ in the version of Nintendo game, rearranged by a Japanese composer: Hirokazu Tanaka.
Korobeiniki ia a name for peddlers with trays,merchants who sold fabrics, books and other small items in old Russia, before the revolution.
Nekrasov’s poem is longer, The story is about a young peddler who seduces a peasant girl named Katya in a rye field. He offers her some of his products as gifts in exchange for sexual favours. She rejects all but she ends up accepting a ring he offered. The next morning, he asked her to marry him. The poem ends sadly with the peddler being robbed and killed by a forest ranger.