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It is a good question if the composer is indeed the early nineteenth century master Mikhail Vyssotsky. Volume VII of the Russian Collection includes several pieces by him. I have in my private collection the majority of his known works, and quite a few which are not well-known. This was not his style. In all probability, the composer was someone who worked in the tradition of popular music current in the Soviet Union in the years of the Second World War. It more fits the temperament of people like Soloviov-Sedoi, Dunaevsky, Mokrousov and others of their ilk. If only I knew this piece way back then, when lollipops like this were the mainstay of my youthful follies. As they say in Russian: ENDZHOITE!
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