Peddlers

Easy piano versions of the Israeli folk song "Peddlers".


Peddlers (PED R1)
  • Intermediate
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Program Notes

Most listeners will know “Peddlers” (Korobeiniki in Russian) from the 1989 game “Tetris” from Nintendo Entertainment where it appeared as the “Type A” gameplay theme music. This arrangement for easy piano of the “Tetris theme”. Is good for new piano students who are still learning the basics of reading and playing music, and is suitable for easy recital and evaluation music.


This piece is a great starting point to begin to talk about the difference between harmonic, melodic, and natural minor scales. This easy “red level” arrangement is best played in the Aeolian mode (natural minor). However, the seventh must be raised to create the harmonic tension between the red and blue chord (the harmonic minor). Later, when the student plays the more difficult arrangements of “Peddlers” that can be found in the Paint with Piano Blue, Yellow, and Orange levels, the melody is found in its original form featuring a raised 6th and 7th when ascending, and a lowered 6th and 7th when descending (the harmonic minor).



Korobeiniki (Russian)

Oy polnym polna mоya korobushka
Yest' i sitets i parcha.
Pozhaley, dusha-zaznobushka,
Molodetskogo plecha.

Vyydu, vyydu v rozh' vysokuyu,
Tam do nochki pogozhu,
Kak zavizhu chernookuyu,
Vse tovary razlozhu.

Tseny sam platil nemalyye,
Ne torguysya, ne skupis',
Podstavlyay-ka gubki alyye,
Blizhe k molodtsu sadis'.



Peddlers (English)

Oh, my crate is so full,
I've got chintz and brocade.
Take pity, oh sweety,
Of this lad's shoulder

I will, I will go out into the tall rye,
I will wait there till the night comes,
Once I see the dark-eyed lass,
I will showcase all my goods.

I paid no small price myself,
So don't bargain or be stingy,
Bring your scarlet lips to me,
Sit closer to this fine lad.

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