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Alekseĭ Nikolaevich Pleshcheev

Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev (Russian: Алексе́й Никола́евич Плеще́ев; 4 December [O.S. 22 November] 1825 – 8 October 1893) was a radical Russian poet of the 19th century, once a member of the Petrashevsky Circle.

Pleshcheyev's first book of poetry, published in 1846, made him famous: "Step forward! Without fear or doubt..." became widely known as "a Russian La Marseillaise" (and was sung as such, using French melody), "Friends' calling..." and "We're brothers by the way we feel..." were also adopted by the mid-1840s' Russian radical youth as revolutionary hymns.

In 1849, as a member of Petrashevsky Circle, Pleshcheyev was arrested, sent (alongside Fyodor Dostoyevsky among others) to Saint Petersburg and spent 8 months in Peter and Paul Fortress. Having initially been given a death sentence, Pleshcheyev was then deported to Uralsk, near Orenburg where he spent ten years in exile, serving first as a soldier, later as a junior officer.

In his latter life, Pleshcheyev became widely known for his numerous translations (mostly from English and French) and also poems for children, some of which are now considered classic. Many of Pleshcheyev's poems have been set to music (by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff among others) to become popular Russian romances.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 4th, 1825 (Kostroma), Died October 8th, 1893 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36733 10-in. 10/25/1926 Over the steppe Mary Garden Soprano vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 77440 10-in. 10/24/1917 A legend Paulist Choristers of Chicago Male vocal chorus, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W149473 10-in. 11/6/1929 Over the steppe Alexander J. Kisselburgh Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick 8633 10-in. approximately Aug. 1922 Over the steppe Nina Koshetz ; Nicolai Stember Soprano vocal solo, with piano lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pleshcheev, Alekseĭ Nikolaevich," accessed February 28, 2021,

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"Pleshcheev, Alekseĭ Nikolaevich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 February 2021.

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