“The Fab Five and the Goalie!” The author of the Soviet hockey anthem has died
Pavel Panyshev September 17, 2023, 11:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Nikolai Dobronravov died at the age of 95.
“The ice team is fighting a tough battle. We believe in the courage of desperate guys. Real men play hockey, a coward doesn’t play hockey!
Let the lantern shine brighter and brighter behind the enemy goal like the lightning of victory, but, if necessary, the Magnificent Five and the goalkeeper will defend brilliantly.”
There is probably not a person or fan in Russia who has not heard this legendary song. But there are also “Our youth team”, “Heroes of sports”, “Goodbye Moscow, goodbye” (it was she who closed the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow).
Unfortunately, sad news arrived today. The author of these wonderful musical works, the famous composer, died at the age of 94. Nikolay Dobronravov husband of composer Alexandra Pakhmutova. Dobronravov is reported to have died after a long and serious illness.
Nikolai Nikolaevich was born on November 22, 1928 in Leningrad. In 1950 he graduated from the Nemirovich-Danchenko Studio School of the Gorky Moscow Art Theater and in 1952 from the Moscow City Pedagogical Institute named after Potemkin.
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It is interesting that, in addition to music, Dobronravov has established himself in cinema. He starred in two films: “Sporting Honor” and “The Return of Vasily Bortnikov.” Furthermore, the script and texts of the famous television movie “Oh sport, you are the world!” also known as Dobronravov.
It is clear that in the master’s works the emphasis was mainly on sports. Nikolai Nikolaevich himself was a fan of Dynamo Moscow, but he passionately loved not only the capital club, but also the entire national sport in general.
We already played the first part and we only managed to understand one thing: To not get lost on earth, try not to get lost!
Another famous song written by Dobronravov. Seasoned fans remember very well how wonderfully he was played by the late Alexander Gradsky. On the one hand, this song is about life, but look how subtly sports notes are also seen in it.
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As for the above-mentioned song “A coward does not play hockey”, it can be safely called the true anthem of all Soviet and Russian hockey. At all major Russian hockey events, sports forums and sports sections, you will surely hear this wonderful musical composition, which has become a symbol of the era.
How good that all these legendary songs that have gone down in history remain with us forever, but how sad that their authors and performers leave us forever…