14-year-old Sophia Fisenko will represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision, which starts this weekend in Malta. And in Russia these days remember another international competition of young vocalists. Almost 45 years ago, on Soviet television there was a program "Merry notes".
The clean sound goes under the dome, poured in space. And as if clearly is a black and white picture, as if no fake walls, no curtains concealing the pavilion fasteners, only sonorous child's voice. The whole country listens and hears a little more than sings this little girl. 1972: "hamlet" with Vysotsky at the Taganka. "The dawns here are quiet" - on all screens, the super series USSR - Canada, the trial of Angela Davis, the attack of the Munich Olympics, reports from the field, the drought of the Moscow summer. Something is gone forever. Purity ringing of children's voices remained. Preserved black-and-white photograph. A lot of them. The children's ensemble "Mziuri". While this card is in memory of "Dzintarins". The screens of the country leaves 15-minute program. Take off in a big pavilion in Shabolovka. The children sing on stage. First in the air contest "Merry notes". Children "Intervidenie", all the republics of the USSR. Tatia came to the competition from Tbilisi. Song the collective, brothers and sisters, came to speak at the all-Union competition of Donetsk. Worried.
A minimum of equipment, a huge heavy camera, shooting in one take. And no 3D graphics. Huge 8-meter clock was done by hand for new year release. 3 decades on the air, hundreds of programs, thousands of children. Some of them are now in the air. Daughter Rimma Mishina, Catherine, recalls how to find talent sent of the expedition. Tanya Ostryagina found in Yalta. In Yakutia found "Amginsky birches". In the 90s the program was closed, not fun to have hints. All came back in a different, modern, colorful and special effects. But the main thing remains: the pure voices of children, which 4 decades ago was first performed on television.