Sung in 1982 in Hope, New Jersey by my Great Aunt Virginia. This is the only recording in the Song Quilts project I did not make myself, but I have many memories of Aunt Virginia singing this song. Virginia Bartow was a semi-professional light opera singer who spent decades of her life in a long relationship with Russian composer and arranger Andrei Salama. After coming to America with La Chauve-Souris, a Russian theater revue forced out of Moscow after the revolution, Salama bought a "dacha" above the Delaware Water Gap and named it Salamovka. In the summers it would fill with dancers, composers, painters, costume designers, actors, and singers. In his ailing years, Virginia kept Salamovka going, and after his death, she received all of his papers, stacks of handwritten folk songs from his youth, original songs, and arrangements from the days of the Chauve-Souris. I now have those papers. They are treasures.
This Song Quilt is an exact transcription of how she sang Katyusha. The "root" color of this song is a brilliant red inspired by traditional Muscovite dresses.The quilting design is based on the weaving patterns found in those same dresses. It was quilted on my home machine. The backing fabric is a Kaffe Fasset rose pattern, inspired by how often I saw rose fabric on the chest pieces of those same dresses.