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VALIA IN ODESSA
1930



VALIA AND ASIA
cir early 1930s

 



VALIA IN CONSERVATORY
1922

 



NAUM, VALIA AND SARAH
cir 1930s




VALIA AND CHELYA
cir 1930s



VALIA AND DAUGHTER
1930

 

Valia Arenberg left Tiraspol, Moldova in order to study music at the Odessa Conservatory for a period of time in the early 1920s. At some point she met Naum Tovbin, whom she married in 1927. Valia and Naum first lived in Kharkov and Kiev.
Naum worked in Odessa from 1929 to 1934. Valia worked a little in a savings bank as operator and also at the bonbon fabrique as a"worker", wrapping up the bonbons. She was gay and witty and always had her admirers. The family had many friends and they often met and danced and listened to the disks of Vertinsky and Leschenko (these disks were not sold officially in the USSR because the chansonniers were emigrants, but people had their disks and loved them for their romantic style), and also danced to the chansons of Leschenko. During these years there was only the gramophone, so a person who could play piano was appreciated and admired. Valia could play classical music, but may be not have been very exact, playing "con brio" (Chopin, Skriabin). She also played and sang the then popular songs and dances,
especially gypsy (or rather pseudo-gypsy, which was very popular in the pre- and post-revolution period), such as Ziganochka, Troika, Dorogoi dlinnoiu. To sum it all up, Valia was a "kindling woman", good-hearted, and a good wife and friend.


 

 


 

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