In Russia, singing is an integral part of culture. This is evidenced by a large number of folk songs, and numerous testimonies from historians about the prevalence of drinking songs. However, until the middle of the twentieth century, choral education was represented by a small number of specialized schools at music schools, and the repertoire of choral songs consisted mainly of works that were too difficult for untrained singers to perform. And it was the USSR that gave our country people who changed this situation and created a system of choral education on a national scale.
Among those who influenced the creation and development of the choral education system, there are many great names – such composers as Krylov and Dunaevsky. We all know and love their songs such as "Winged Swing", "My Moscow", "Song about the Captain" (from the movie "Children of Captain Grant") and dozens of other compositions that we have loved since childhood. This was a very important contribution to the development of choral creativity, since such songs could be sung even by non-professional, or, as they were also called, amateur choirs.
In general, there were quite a lot of people who raised choral singing in the middle of the twentieth century. Excellent teachers not only created collectives, but also left a great legacy in the person of their students, to whom they passed on the love of choral work. But, unfortunately, neither individual songs, nor students of brilliant teachers, individually solved the problem of choral singing on a national scale. Therefore, choral singing has become an element of popular culture. Choirs were created at schools, technical schools, universities, enterprises and cultural centers.